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Teaching Excellence Teacher Spotlight: Meredith Cook

What organization do you work for?

Spring Branch ISD

What grade-level and subject do you teach?

7th and 8th grade- Mathematics

Where did you attend college and in what did you major? List all that apply.

Texas A&M University- Majored in Psychology

What is the best part of teaching? What is the most difficult part of teaching?

The best part of teaching is getting to share a student’s success when they truly master something for the first time. The most difficult part is managing your time efficiently.

What 3 words would you use to describe the experience of participating in Teaching Excellence?

Challenging, Exciting, and Rewarding

Where can people find your blog?

Why did you decide to start your blog?

My students wanted more access to help than just seeing me teach it and coming to tutoring. Also, there were a lot of students who were asking for more practice on topics, so it was easier to share it with everyone on the web than print out some for a few students.

In what ways is your blog increasing student achievement?

My blog increases student achievement by making information and help more readily available to all students. There is only one of me, but my blog can be accessed from any computer, iPod, tablet, or smartphone. I try to put any homework that we have on the blog so that if they lose their copy, they can still do the work. I have “office hours” before school, during lunch, and after school for students who need to use the internet here.

What 3 words would your students use to describe your blog?

I asked three students, and I got the words “helpful,” “funny,” and “trap.” I asked for an explanation of the last two. The student said it was funny when I post videos of myself, because I’m a dork. The student that said “trap” told me “IT’S A TRAP, BECAUSE NOW I CAN’T USE THE EXCUSE I LOST MY HOMEWORK!”

What advice would you give to other teachers interested in starting a blog?

Do it! It is so easy to maintain, and the students will start to rely on how to find the answer themselves instead of asking you every time. Also, put the link to the blog on EVERY paper you pass out so the students remember that they can go there for help.


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