How to Use Prodigy Game as Differentiated Math Center

Date
May, 30, 2020

Prodigy is my go-to tool when differentiating in math. It makes it easy to address each students' needs. Using Prodigy Game, in combination with my guided math lessons, makes student growth a breeze. Don't stress over making differentiated math centers start using Prodigy today! #mathcenters #differentiatedinstruction #guidedmath

Did you know that Prodigy Game can be used to differentiate your instruction during guided math? I love using it as one of my math centers while I’m working with a small group.

Prodigy gives students a placement test when they first log in; this test identifies students’ strengths and weaknesses. It’s pretty darn accurate too!

Based on the result of the test, Prodigy will recommend what students should work on next. The program makes it simple to assign individualized work for your students. 

With consistent use, Prodigy Game is an excellent resource to use to see student growth. Keep reading to see how!

To Fill in Gaps

The placement test shows you what specific skills each student needs. Using the results of the test, you can assign assignments to help students fill in gaps. 

I like to assign work that we will work together on in small group so that the students see the skill more than once. Just like in our guided math lessons, once they master a skill, we begin working on another. 

If you are meeting with them in small groups and assigning work on Prodigy, those gaps will disappear quickly.

Here is what the results of the placement test look like. This is a mock class, these aren’t real students. The grade level is set for third grade.

To Support On & Above Level Students

We tend to spend a lot of small group time with our lower-level students, leaving those on grade level and above to work more independently. In the past, pushing my stronger students has been challenging, especially if they are performing above grade level. 

Prodigy is a great way to help students who have mastered grade-level content move forward. Use the placement test as a guide to help you figure out what they should work on next. 

To Check for Understanding

Did you teach a new skill earlier in the week, and you’re looking for an informal way to see who gets it? By assigning the new standard in Prodigy, you will get the data you need to see who needs additional support.  

Use Prodigy as an engaging way to spice up your exit tickets or informal observations. Your students will be eager to show you what they know. 

Prodigy is my go-to tool when differentiating in math. It makes it easy to address each students’ needs. Using Prodigy Game, in combination with my guided math lessons, makes student growth a breeze. 

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