How to Pre-teach and Boost Student Achievement with Prodigy
- Activate prior knowledge
- Provide multiple points of entry into a lesson
- Identify knowledge gaps and differentiate student learning
- Give every student the tools needed to maximize their learning potential
Pre-teaching with Prodigy: 2 waysThere are two ways Prodigy can help you pre-teach important concepts to your students:
- Target students who might need more practice with a given concept
- Pre-teach a new concept to the whole class
- Overview of topic completion
- A full breakdown of skills by grade level
- A sample question similar to what students encountered in-game
Method 1: Target students who might need more practiceNow that you’ve looked at your data, do you have students who need more practice with an important prerequisite? Send them an Assignment to help them brush up on their skills or give them a sneak peek of the new concept ahead of the rest of the class.Here’s how:1. Log in at prodigygame.com and enter your username and password. 2. Select the classroom you want to set a pre-teaching Assignment for.3. At the top of your screen, click the green Create button. You’ll see three alignment options. Select Assignment. 4. Choose the curriculum-aligned domains and standards you want your students to practice.5. Click Next to set the number of questions in your Assignment. Click Next again to send the Assignment to students that need more practice on important prerequisites.6. Click Next a final time to set the dates when the Assignment will appear in-game for students. Choose dates that fall before you want to teach the new concept.7. Get students playing!8. To view the results of the Assignment, go to your Assessments tool and click on the Assignment. Select View Report to see student results and inform your lesson planning.
Method 2: Pre-teaching for the whole classroomCreate a Plan to expose the entire classroom to key concepts before you teach them. Plans align students to an expectation and allow them to go through the material at their own pace, working on pre-requisites as needed to scaffold their learning.Here’s how:1. Log in at www.prodigygame.com and enter your username and password.2. Select the classroom you want to make a Plan for.3. At the top of your screen, click the green Create button and select Plans. 4. Select a grade, domain and expectation for your Plan that aligns to your upcoming unit.5. Choose the days your Plan will run. Plans can run from one to 30 days, so assign it to match your schedule. 6. Have students play Prodigy! Schedule game time as part of your regular math class, for free time or as a station rotation activity.7. To see how students performed on your Plan, go to your Assessments tool and click on the Plan. Select View Report to see student results, determine trouble spots and make teaching decisions!
Final thoughts: Using Prodigy to pre-teachThere’s more than one way to pre-teach, but the benefits are undeniable. When every student is equipped with the chance to succeed, they’ll be able to master key math skills, be confident in their knowledge and feel a sense of achievement!
Prodigy is a no-cost, game-based learning platform for students in 1st to 8th grade. Loved by more than 50 million teachers, parents and students, Prodigy transforms math learning into an epic adventure. Ready to find out how Prodigy can level up math learning in your classroom? Sign up for your free teacher account today!