Why Math Teachers Should Use Prodigy Game

Date
May, 29, 2020

 Are you looking for math center ideas? Do you need help with differentiating math? Prodigy Game is a great supplemental resource to use during guided math. You’ll never have to worry if your guided math groups are working while you’re doing small group instruction if you use Prodigy! Check out why Prodigy is a must-have in your classroom! #guidedmath #differentiatedinstruction #smallgroupinstruction

Prodigy Game is a completely free math program for students that you MUST use in your classroom this school year! I love using it as a way to differentiate instruction. Students are so focused on playing; they don’t realize they are learning! It is a win-win!

If you teach math, creating a Prodigy Game account will be one of your best decisions this school year. Here’s why you should go create an account right now!

It’s Fun

My students loved it when it was their turn to get on Prodigy. They could not wait to battle their classmates. This is what makes Prodigy such an effective supplemental resource. Students want to get questions correct so they can increase their level and get bragging rights as the student with the highest level. The only way for students to win battles and to level is by showing what they know. 

It Can Help Fill in Gaps Or Push Students Further

What I love most about this program is that you can tailor Prodigy Game to fit each students’ individual needs! I use Prodigy as a simple way to differentiate centers. Once students take the placement test, Prodigy identifies their strengths and weaknesses. You can use their results to assign students work that either fills in gaps or pushes them forward.

It Can Give Students Extra Practice for a New Skill

I also use Prodigy to give students extra practice over newly taught skills. This helps reinforce my mini-lesson and helps new content stick in their brains. It is also a great way to see who gets it and who needs small group instruction for more practice. 

It Can Be a Spiral Review for Standardized Testing

When I was a standardized testing teacher, I LOVED using this feature. I’m not a teach to the test kind of girl. I hate the weeks before for state testing, but Prodigy’s spiral review was a fun way to review the skills I taught my students throughout the school year. My students were having so much fun; they didn’t know they were doing test prep!

It Can Be a Resource to Use at Home

Going back to my first point, Prodigy is engaging. Students will want to use the program at home, especially if you acknowledge that they are logging on. I have fun optional contests over the breaks and throughout the year to increase logins from home. It is a great way to keep them practicing math at home!

Parents can purchase memberships that give students more features; this is how Prodigy gets their money and why it is free for teachers. 

If I haven’t convinced you to check out this amazing FREE program, you’re nuts! Prodigy is THE way to get your students excited about practicing math!

 

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Melissa Nikohl

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