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The 6 Types of Assessment [+ How to Use Them]

How do you use the different types of assessment in your classroom to promote student learning?

Most students don’t like tests. Testing can contribute to math anxiety for many students. Assessments can be difficult to structure properly and time-consuming to grade. And as a teacher, you know that student progress is so much more than a number on a report card. 

But there’s so much more to assessments than delivering an end-of-unit exam or prepping for a standardized test. As mathematics educator Marylin Burns puts it:

“Making assessment an integral part of daily mathematics instruction is a challenge. It requires planning specific ways to use assignments and discussions to discover what students do and do not understand…The insights we gain by making assessment a regular part of instruction enable us to meet the needs of the students who are eager for more challenges and to provide intervention for those who are struggling.”

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brain-breaks

37 Quick & Easy Brain Breaks for Kids

“It’s time to do homework.” 😱

This simple phrase is often dreaded by kids and parents. And it’s understandable. 

You want to stay involved in your child’s education, but homework only seems to lead to distraction, frustration or exhaustion (or all of the above). 

It might feel like a constant battle, and homework stress can lead to burnout and anxiety for kids if you’re not careful. 

That’s why brain breaks for kids are so important for reducing stress and keeping kids motivated to learn! 

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anti-racism

How to Talk About Racism in Your Household

Racism is an ongoing issue that’s ever-present, especially in American history. It’s a troubling topic that can be extremely overwhelming, for both kids and adults. 

As a parent, it might be difficult to know what to say to your children. You want to shield them, but also don’t want them to be uninformed or get their information from sources you don’t trust. 

We understand, and we want to help you have these conversations as best you can. 

Here are eight tips for talking to your kids about racism.

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Webb's Depth of Knowledge

Depth of Knowledge: 4 DoK Levels & Proven Strategies to Increase Rigor

In theory, Norman Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DoK) makes sense. But, many teachers feel they’re missing a puzzle piece. 🧩

That’s because there are hurdles to consistently applying each of the four DoK levels in your classroom, from recall and reproduction to extended critical thinking.

Above all, it demands creativity and calculated preparation to deliver engaging tasks that range in complexity — all while providing scaffolding.

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project based learning ideas

What Is Project Based Learning? 10 Best PBL Ideas to Boost Outcomes

For some teachers, project-based learning (PBL) is classroom bliss.

Students work together to investigate an authentic and nuanced problem. They build curriculum-aligned skills in the process. They’re rewarded with enhanced communication and problem-solving skills.

But organizing and running suitable PBL activities isn’t always easy, as the pedagogy is surrounded by debate and takes form in a range of exercises.

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Prodigy's Summer Question Quest

Make Math Fun for Your Child with the Prodigy Summer Question Quest

Summer is finally here! ☀️ Are you as excited as we are?

We know how much kids look forward to summer break. But we also know things are a bit different right now, since your child is probably already spending lots of time at home. 

That’s why this year, we’re introducing the Prodigy Summer Question Quest

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Prodigy's Summer Question Quest

Boost Summer Learning with the Prodigy Summer Question Quest!

Teachers, tell your students to get excited for the Prodigy Summer Question Quest!

This summer, we’re on a mission to keep learning. That’s why we’re challenging all our Prodigy wizards to work together and answer a grand total of 500 million questions before they go back to school! 

We know your students are up to the task. And between us, rumor has it that there’s a very special in-game reward waiting for them at the end if they succeed.

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