We are kicking off our new Customer Spotlight blog series to highlight some of our amazing customers. In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we are starting with a teacher, Hannah Goeglein, from Southern California. It’s teachers like Hannah that inspire us to bring teachable moments to light!
Leonardo da Vinci Health Sciences Charter, CA
- Free/Reduced Lunch Population: 55%
- Urban, rural, suburban community: Suburban
- Total population: 308
- Grade levels: K-6
- District name: Chula Vista Elementary School District
How do you use Illuminate with your students? What are one or two instructional strategies you employ?
I use the “Create an Item” to make my own NGSS* science questions. I model the format after the CAASPP Science Test that my fifth graders will be taking for the first time this year. I include many graphs, photos, and diagrams for students to analyze during the multiple choice sections. I also include an article about our topic, and I ask students to complete an ELA-style Performance Task using the article.
What challenge does Illuminate help you or your students solve?
Illuminate helps me to prepare my students for the CAASPP Science that they take for the first time in fifth grade. It also lets me assess student learning at the end of the unit.
What advice do you have for someone who is just starting to use Illuminate?
I started out with assessments by using the Itembank because it’s a more streamlined process than “Create an Item.” I would suggest that teachers get comfortable using that or the Flex Assessments before launching fully into creating their own tests. After time, creating items will feel easier.
Hannah is awesome, and we love that she uses Illuminate solutions to assess her students. If you are interested in learning about our pre-built NGSS* assessment solution, visit our resources page.
Note: Resources created by our users are not vetted/endorsed by Illuminate Education.
*NGSS is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of this product, and do not endorse it.
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