How to Boost Student Math Skills in December with Winterfest
Why teachers love WinterfestOur winter festival was made for students, but it’s fantastic for teachers, too!Here’s why.
1. Student engagement will climbYour class is counting down the days until winter break, and it’s possible they’ll start to disengage as the holidays inch closer. But with all the new, limited-time features the festival has to offer, students will be eagerly asking to play Prodigy (and answer more math questions) all day long!
2. It’s an easy (and fun) December activity‘Tis the season! Playing Prodigy during Winterfest is a perfect activity to assign as your days lead up to the holidays. It’s easy and fun for both teachers and students. Plus, students are still building important math skills while you differentiate and scaffold for specific learning needs.
3. You can prevent winter learning lossWhile winter break is much shorter than summer break, time away from learning can still impact student retention. But with Prodigy, you can encourage more learning over winter break and get students practicing more math over the holidays. They’ll be more than willing to log in when they know how much wintery fun they’re about to have!
How to boost math practice with WinterfestNow that you know why you should use it, we want to show you how. Here’s how you can encourage more math practice, build up individual skills and boost overall learning outcomes over the holidays.
1. Watch our Winterfest video with your classTo get lots of engagement from students, make sure they know how much fun they’ll have the next time they log in. Show your students our Winterfest preview to see all the enchanting things we have in store for the season:What’s more, you can show them all our wintery items that are only here until the end of December: [envira-gallery id="6740"] They’ll be snow happy to play Prodigy and learn more math!P.S. Check out our other post for more information about what’s happening in-game during Winterfest.
2. Check your class ReportsLet your class Reports show you which math skills you should assign students while they play the game. Your Student Comprehension and Progress Reports will show you how your class is performing in specific strands or domains, so you can figure out what they need to work on next!
3. Create Alignments for the Winter BreakUsing the information from your Reports, you can go to your Assessments tool and create Alignments, such as Assignments or Plans, throughout December.This means you can give students practice with specific skills or math questions — even during their days off. Use Alignments to:
- Reinforce lessons
- Differentiate for various learning needs
- Perform formative assessments to inform your January lessons.
“Prodigy is great because I'll notice on weekends or over school holidays, the kids are continuing to play Prodigy and practice their math facts!”Margaret Taylor3rd Grade TeacherEanes ISD