During our “Innovation” classroom contest, which ran from February 1 to April 30, 2016, we asked educators to tell us how they use Istation in exciting and innovative ways to help students grow. Read on to see how Honorable Mention winner Brooke Marker is innovating with Istation:
Brooke Marker, an educator at Bass-Hoover Elementary School in Virginia, has been teaching primary grades for 20 years and considers teaching 1st grade to be her calling. She has three wonderful boys; two white, fluffy dogs; and an amazing husband who is also a teacher. In her free time, Mrs. Marker likes to read, run, and hang out with her boys.
How do you use Istation in innovative and exciting ways?
Setting goals for Istation has been very successful for my students. We have an Istation binder with a graph for each child, and they set their goals based on their last score. They are highly motivated because they can determine their goal. After assessment day, they ask with anticipation to see their page in the binder. If they have scored higher than the last assessment, they also receive our school’s currency, “Stinger Money.” We have a bit of a ceremony to recognize these students.
How does this innovating use of Istation lead to student motivation and growth?
My students are thrilled to watch their bar graphs trend up[ward]. Something as simple as setting their own goal has been incredibly motivating. Ninety-five percent of my students are Tier 1! I have never had such wonderful results. Bass-Hoover is a Title I school, and in the fall I had five children not meet the PALS benchmark. For my students to be receiving these scores is very satisfying and makes for a very proud 1st-grade teacher.
Congratulations to Ms. Marker! Stay turned for the announcement of our "Innovation" contest winner!