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3 Easy Steps to Differentiate Using Prodigy

It’s one of the toughest parts of teaching math.

But differentiating instruction for each student is one of the most effective methods of addressing their unique skills deficits.

You can use Prodigy to simplify math content differentiation. You’ll deliver specific in-game problems to each student — or distinct student groups — in three quick steps!

1. Go to your in-account Planner tool

Visit the Prodigy website and click Login in the top-right corner.

Select a classroom.

Within the classroom, go to the Planner tool.

A screenshot showing how teachers can access their Planner tool in Prodigy.
You can find the Planner tool at the left of your screen on desktop. If you’re using a mobile device, it’s at the bottom.

2. Set Assignment parameters

At the top of your screen, click the green Create button. Select the first option in the list: Assignments.

A screenshot showing teachers how to create an Assignment in their Prodigy accounts

 

A screen will load that allows you to choose curriculum-aligned domains and standards. Although your grade and curriculum are pre-set, you can change them at the top of this screen to deliver foundational or advanced skill practice.

 

A .gif file showing teachers how to select Assignment skill in Prodigy.

 

Click Next to set the number of questions per standard in your Assignment. Clicking Next again will allow you to send the Assignment to specific students.

 

A screenshot showing teachers how to select students to receive an assignment in Prodigy

 

Click Next a final time to set the dates for the Assignment to appear in-game for the selected students.

3. Repeat as necessary, differentiating for each student

Repeat this process to deliver specific content to specific students, allowing them to address their trouble spots in Prodigy’s game-based learning environment!

Just be sure to give in-class Prodigy time — perhaps in the form of an entry ticket or learning station — or encourage at-home use.

 


>>To start differentiating math content with Prodigy, create or log in to your teacher account 👇

 


>>For more information about your Planner tool, visit our teacher support article.

Marcus Guido

Marcus is Prodigy's product marketing lead.

29 thoughts on “3 Easy Steps to Differentiate Using Prodigy

  1. I love this! I have done this when some students do so well on a test I will assign them something on Prodigy to review the math skill. I have said this before though, I love the practice AIR test on here!

  2. I use differentiation in Prodigy for my students, especially my higher level students (we don’t have TAG program at my school) who I want to challenge more.

  3. I always use differentiation for my students with the help of Prodigy! One of the many reasons why I love to use Prodigy with my students!!

  4. I have differentiated with Prodigy for years. I think its great we can select students and standards to fit their needs instead of making an entire class take the same assignment at the same grade level.

  5. I teach 1st grade and wish kindergarten standard were on here too, but I definitely should use this for my higher students who need to work on more challenging skills. Love it!

  6. I am always trying to differentiate to make sure students who need a little extra practice in a concept, they get it in a fun and interactive way.

  7. I’m so glad to have Prodigy resources to help me effectively make groups and assignments that benefit kids where they are at. It makes a difference and I see that from the reports I run through Prodigy and other school data.

  8. I love all the options you have to for different lessons to assign students. I can sign them things above and below grade level!

  9. I love this. I am learning so much lately on how to better utilize Prodigy in my classes. Being able to assign lessons based on individual students needs is great

  10. I create separate quizzes/assignments for students complete based on what we are working on in class and where their individual assessments suggest they still need additional practice.

  11. I use it as a review for those students needing extra practice and as an enrichment for my higher group of students. Mostly, I use it to work on the skills that we are studying that week. It is amazing for all of these areas.

  12. Use this daily as a pre -check to knowledge as well as daily training. Then assign to strengthen their core base knowledge or further what they know on a topic. Then meet with the students and go over their stat chart on how they did. Students then discuss what they learned and still want help with. Then, back to the next round all over again. Throwing in the standardize test works as a great check. I also have a board in the back on my whiteboard marked I would like a mini lesson please on… and they post a question from Prodigy that stumped them. Gives me exactly what they want to know and when they want to know it.

  13. It was easy to set up two different assignments for two groups of students. Then when students challenge each other, they are working on the skills that they need the most. It evens out the challenge.

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