8 Essential 21st Century Skills Your Students Need

The year is 1999. Cellphones are clunky, Napster has been launched, the Matrix was just released, and the euro is created.

Fast forward to now — phones and tablets are sleek and ever-changing, streaming services have changed how we consume entertainment, and an increasingly global economy has transformed how we do everything from grocery shopping to vacations. 

In the face of such rapid change, educators and activists are promoting 21st century skills to prepare students for an unknown future and jobs that have yet to be created. 

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Importance of parental involvement in education

5 Reasons Parental Involvement in Education Is So Important

“Cornerstone” is defined as an important quality or feature on which a particular thing depends or is based. That’s what parental involvement in education is to a child’s upbringing — a cornerstone.

Thirty years of research (and counting) has proven that parents who are involved with their child’s education is the best predictor of student success.

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How to Make the Most of Pumpkinfest ’19 in Your Classroom

Teaching important math concepts to set students up for a successful year becomes much easier when they’re engaged with what they’re learning. 

Luckily, you can boost engagement during October with Pumpkinfest — Prodigy’s annual in-game fall festival!

This exclusive event begins Oct. 1, and lasts all month. Pumpkinfest has tons of fun features to entice players, which means you can ensure lots of curriculum-aligned math practice. 

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Pumpkinfest: The Exclusive Fall Event [Starts Oct. 1]

Brace yourselves, Prodigy players and parents, for a spook-tacular event coming to Lamplight Town. 

That’s right — Pumpkinfest is here again! 

For the entire month of October, this exclusive festival will be available in-game for all players to enjoy. We’ve got all the details for you to share with your child, to get them excited to play more Prodigy (and practice more math) this October.

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Bullying prevention: 5 best practices to keep kids safe

Bullying. It’s one of the few words that trigger alarm in students, parents, teachers, and school leaders alike.

School safety is the right of all your students — and it’s up to you to put a bullying prevention plan in place to ensure your students feel safe, comfortable, and confident. With the right plan, you, your staff, and your community will be ready to take on bullying when it arises in your school.

Creating an entire bullying prevention plan seems like a tall order, but with this guide, you’ll be ready to take on bullying wherever it appears.

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Free Educational Games for Kids

27 Best Educational Games for Kids by Subject [in 2019]

Not all children — especially nowadays — learn best through pencil-and-paper instruction. According to educational nonprofit EDUCAUSE, a growing body of research shows game-based learning platforms “can create an engaging dynamic that inspires students to develop competencies and skills as they focus on the activities of the game.”

Regardless of the subject, whether your child hates or loves it, educational games for kids can help you instill a love of learning in your own child!

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How Attitude Towards Math Impacts Student Achievement

As an educator, you know how much of your time and resources get dedicated to exploring the following question: How can we improve the student learning experience?

One way to tackle this issue —  often overlooked — is to consider students’ attitudes towards math.

Whether positive or negative, attitude towards math often reflects a student’s value, self-confidence, enjoyment, motivation and anxiety levels when it comes to the subject. 

17% of Americans suffer from high levels of math anxiety.

As early as 1st grade, students can start displaying negative attitudes towards math. 

80% of surveyed students enjoyed learning activities more when they used tablets.

 

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How Mastery Learning Helps Every Student Succeed

Mastery learning ensures that every student reaches mastery in a unit before moving on — boosting achievement and building lifelong learners.

22,373 students — minimum— have participated in mastery learning studies since 1968.

The average student in a mastery learning classroom achieves the same level as the top 15% of students in a classroom not using mastery learning. 

90% of mastery learning studies have shown positive results.

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Progress Monitoring Tools

How Progress Monitoring Enhances Mathematical Learning

Progress monitoring is a crucial tool for improving the academic outcomes of students with and without disabilities.

40+ years of progress monitoring research conducted Progress monitoring has value when used across all students 14% learning gains in students who received immediate feedback on their performance

Key takeaways

  • Diverse student populations and limited resources make it difficult to improve overall student achievement. It’s critical to systematically and cost-effectively gather informative data on individual performance and progress — that is, progress monitoring.
  • Teachers can use the information collected on a frequent basis to be aware of every student’s performance and facilitate changes in instruction for students encountering roadblocks in their learning.
  • Coupled with progress monitoring, research shows differentiated instruction — something which digital technologies could greatly enhance — is key to meeting the learning needs of and achieving optimal learning outcomes for the diverse student population in today’s classrooms.

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