50+ Essential Teacher Resources for Back-to-School 2020
Your back to school routine probably looks a little different this year. Whether you’re decorating your classroom or developing distancing learning materials, we know you have the passion, skills and knowledge to effectively support your students this year!
But that doesn’t mean you should have to do it on your own. Prodigy is here to support you with powerful teacher tools and actionable student data.
That’s why we also put together a list of resources to help make learning fun and effective!
Get your Prodigy classroom ready for back to school
Whether your students are learning from home, from school, or a little of both, Prodigy can help you assess learning needs, understand student progress and differentiate math content for all levels of learners.
Get started with Prodigy
- Creating a new class list
- Managing your Prodigy classroom
- How to use your teacher dashboard
- Managing your student roster in Prodigy
- I forgot my Prodigy account password, how do I reset it?
- NEW! Log in to your Prodigy account and add students with Clever
Get students playing and start collecting data
- What’s the Placement Test, and how does it work?
- 7 ways to engage and reward students with Prodigy
- Track student progress and understanding with real-time reports
- How to invite parents to join Prodigy and support learning at home
Align Prodigy with what you’re teaching in the classroom
- Assess student knowledge with Assignments and Plans
- How to use Prodigy in your everyday teaching strategies
- How to use Prodigy as part of your station rotation set up
- How to align your classroom with Prodigy and reinforce lessons
- Understand learning gaps and prep for standardized tests with Test Prep
- How to use Prodigy to find learning gaps and pre-teach important concepts
Enter Prodigy’s “New Year, New Class” contest for a chance to win!
Want amazing prizes like iPads for your whole classroom, gift cards and Prodigy Premium Memberships? Between August 5 and September 30, 2020, you’ll be automatically entered to win when you complete three easy steps:
- Log in to Prodigy and create a new class
- Add students to your classroom
- Have students play!
When one of your students has answered at least one question in Prodigy, you’ll be entered to win. It’s that easy!
Want bonus entries? Get one bonus entry when you send home parent letters, and two bonus entries when your students complete the Placement Test.
Back-to-school tips for teachers
If you’re returning to in-person teaching, we have ideas to make your classroom feel safe and welcoming, plus fun activities for the first day of school!
- First day of school activities
- Fun bulletin board ideas for every season
- Organization tips to keep your classroom tidy
- How to help students get used to wearing masks
- Find the best teacher discounts to help you check off your back-to-school shopping list
12 Ways to make remote learning engaging for students
It can be tricky to make sure students stay engaged and excited to learn, especially through a computer screen.
These resources will help you involve students in the learning process and get them excited about what you’re teaching.
- Space-themed lessons with NASA that are out of this world
- Free distance learning templates from Common Sense Education
- 13 of the best math apps for students learning from home right now
- Kahoot!, a colorful online quizzing tool that’s sure to catch your students’ attention
- Some of the best free distance learning resources, organized by grade and subject
- Art history, lessons and activities for Pre-K to 12 with the National Gallery of Art
- Online lessons about music theory, history and appreciation with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
- Virtual field trips from Discovery Education, where students can explore the far-flung corners of the globe
- A website from the American Museum of Natural History where young students can explore anthropology with hands-on activities
- The American Museum of Natural History’s YouTube channel, where students can watch videos on topics like coral reefs, dinosaurs and microscopic life
Online learning resources for teachers
For many teachers, online or even blended learning is still new. Here are some professional development resources that can give you more information on best practices and help you develop new skills.
- Access resources from the US Department of Education
- Get tips for how to keep students safe when learning online
- New to distance learning with Microsoft Education? Find resources for teachers here
- Make sure your online lessons are effective with this guide to setting clear online lessons
- Access teacher resources, tools, PD opportunities, webinars and a learning community with Wide Open School
- If you’re new to Google Classroom (or just want to level up your skills), become a Google Certified Educator with these online classes
- Don’t want to commit to a whole course? Pick and choose what you want to learn with Google Classroom’s “Teach from Anywhere” program
- Find worldwide curriculum and professional development resources from the OECD, organized by cost and the application of global, cognitive, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills
Social emotional learning resources for back-to-school
Students have dealt with a lot of upheaval over the past six months. Make sure they’re emotionally and socially ready to head back to school with these SEL resources.
- Free SEL resources for schools during COVID-19
- Peekapak, a social emotional learning curriculum
- Best practices for teaching SEL during distance learning
- Building solid teacher-student connections when you’re learning online
- SEL resources from the University of British Columbia, along with ways to apply it in the classroom and assess the impact
- Watch weekly SEL webinars with CASEL, covering topics like starting the school year, equality and challenging racial injustice
How to keep students engaged
Whether you’re teaching online or in the classroom, it’s important to make sure students are engaged, focused and learning well.
- Student engagement strategies for your classroom
- How to set up a virtual “Meet the Teacher” open house
- Remote learning tips to keep students engaged — from teachers like you
- Ideas from a classroom teacher on how to make online learning a success for you and your students
- Brain teasers that will engage, delight and maybe even stump your students! Perfect for a fun activity in the classroom or over Zoom
Join Prodigy’s Champions Club!
With everything happening in the world, it’s easy to feel a little isolated. But did you know Prodigy has a VIP community of teachers? Join today to access:
- Exclusive tournaments for your students
- The chance to complete fun challenges and earn rewards
- Printable resources, plus tips and tricks to help you use Prodigy in your classroom
We can’t wait for you to join us!
You’ve got this
This year is going to be a little (or a lot!) different, but we know you have the skills, dedication and determination to succeed. Together, we can help students love learning — no matter where they’re learning from.