Teacher Review for Prodigy

Game changer! Prodigy completely changed my students' attitudes toward math for the better!

Katie W.
Classroom teacher
Athens Community Unit School District 213
Athens, United States
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My Grades 4
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use Prodigy both to enrich and reinforce my teaching of math. To enrich, students work on skills determined by the Prodigy placement test. To reinforce my teaching, I create assignments to assess skills taught during whole group instruction. I use Prodigy once per week (at least) as morning task. Students are also allowed to play during study hall. Finally, I will occasionally have "Prodigy day" when time allows during math time.
My Take
I absolutely love Prodigy and am so glad that a colleague shared it with me. Before, many students reported that math was their least favorite subject. Now, many students find math to be fun because they are engaged in game based practice. I feel that Prodigy's approach takes out the fear and reluctance that are often associated with math and transforms it into motivation because of the competition factor. My class this year had 24 out of 26 students make at least 1 year's growth on our school benchmark- many of whom scored well above the end of the year goal. My only "negative" is that some students played quite a bit at the beginning of the school year and experienced some burn out toward the end of the year. I'm not sure how this could be avoided other than me being thoughtful as to how much we play in school.