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That's right! You read the headline correctly. In support of differentiated instruction, using Penda Learning's SHARE Activity Builder, teachers can create their very own personalized Penda activities to suit student needs.

Use PendaSHARE to create:

- Bell-work or 'Do Now' activities

- Exit tickets or mini informal assessments

- Formative/common assessments

- Pre/post tests or mini benchmark assessments

- Quizzes

- Study guides

- Mock assessments in preparation for chapter/unit tests, semester exams, high-stakes state assessments

- Chapter/unit tests

- Grade recovery work

- Before school/after school care or clubs

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STRATEGY # 1 - CREATE CLASSROOM INTERVENTION GROUPS. If you haven't created classroom intervention groups, we'd recommend starting here first! That way you can differentiate instruction for your various class periods (period 1 and 4 only, for example), groups of students within a single class period (Period 1 Red (low) group only, for example), or for individual students (Albert Einstein and Gregor Mendel only, for example) as needed. How? By assigning different Penda activities to different class periods, classroom intervention groups, or individual students. Here's how:

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Each month, Penda Learning highlights a goal to guide students and teachers so they get the most out of Penda. Monthly goals are based upon Penda Learning's EFFICACY RESEARCH and latest IMPACT EVALUATION CASE STUDY DATA.

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To view the September, 2018 edition of Penda Learning's enewsletter, click on the link provided or the image below.

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Holding data chats with students can easily be done with just a few clicks of the mouse - literally. Penda Learning aggregates student progress data behind the scenes as students work on activities. Through the Student Mastery Report and Class Mastery Report, Penda Learning provides teachers with these two real-time, user-friendly reports to assist teachers in holding data chats with students. It's recommended to hold regularly scheduled data chats (every 2 weeks) with students to set student accountability for learning expectations, and execute effective differentiated instruction by teachers.

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temp-post-image1. GET UP AND RUNNING! Hopefully by now, school has started and you've had the opportunity of getting all your students online and logged into their Penda Learning accounts. As a teacher, you may have even assigned a few activities for your students to work on while becoming familiar with how Penda Learning works.

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2. ADMINISTER A FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT. As a best practice, consider administering a formative assessment to your students to gain an understanding for what they already know at mastery level (80 - 100%), developing level (60 - 80%), or do not know (0 - 59%). Each question should be anchored to an academic standard/benchmark, so during data analysis you can prioritize standards from lowest to highest performing. Don't have test-style questions available? Be sure to check out your State Department of Education's website for item specifications and sample questions released. Oftentimes, these are high quality questions that have been written and vetted by education experts of which you can now use to save yourself time.

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3. ANALYZE THE DATA. Formative assessment data is more than just giving student a pre-test via bubble sheet to then later compare a post-test against. This data is invaluable to prioritizing the scope and sequence of your curriculum (or academic standards needing to be reviewed while teaching your core curriculum) as well as helping you to understand the breath and depth of which you may need to instruct on various academic standards, concepts, or topics. After administering a formative assessment to your students, it's critical to take time to analyze data to understand 3 key components - how many groups of students do you have within your class period, who are they, and what intervention should you put in place.

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4. CREATE CLASSROOM INTERVENTION GROUPS WITHIN PENDA. Did you know that you can create infinite 'classroom intervention groups' within your Penda teacher account in order to group students of like ability level? By doing so you can now take your entire class period and strategically group students within, for example, 3 classroom intervention groups (low, medium, high / red, yellow, green). Doing so unlocks other features and functionality of Penda Learning to help make life easier for teachers. This includes being able to differentiate instruction easily with just a few clicks by assigning different activities to your different classroom intervention groups, and continuously progress-monitoring each of the classroom intervention groups in just 3 clicks.

How To Create An Intervention/Learner Group

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Editorial: "We just started with Penda Learning. Here's what we did next."

September 10, 2018 - Our school just started using Penda Learning this year. During pre-planning, science teachers completed the online on-demand teacher professional development module provided by Penda Learning. Teachers learned all about Penda, created their Penda teacher accounts, then explored how features and functionality work through guided instruction. The on-demand PD was innovative and very easy to complete, especially since everyone could do it when it suited their schedule - whenever, wherever, however they wanted. One science teacher even reported completing it on her iPhone while sitting at Starbucks.

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After all science teachers had completed this first initial step, we then met as a science professional learning community (PLC) to create an action plan to address how we were going to use it in each grade level. We discussed items like:

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Each month, Penda Learning highlights a goal to guide students and teachers so they get the most out of Penda. Monthly goals are based upon Penda Learning's EFFICACY RESEARCH and latest IMPACT EVALUATION CASE STUDY DATA.

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Last Month:

- August - get students online & set goals: 30-minutes/week, 80%+ on all activities

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This Month:

- September - 2 hours (use Penda Learning for 30-minutes per week x 4 weeks)

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Looking ahead:

- October - 2 hours (4 hours total)

- November - 2 hours (6 hours total)

- December - 1 hour (7 hours total)

- January - 1 hour (8 hours total)

- February - 2 hours (10 hours total)

- March - 1 hour (11 hours total)

- April - 2 hours (13 hours total)

- May - 2 hours (15 hours total)

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Each month, Penda Learning highlights a goal to guide students and teachers so they get the most out of Penda. Monthly goals are based upon Penda Learning's efficacy research and latest impact evaluation case study data.

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- August - get students online & set goals: 30-minutes/week, 80%+ on all activities

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2018 - 2019 BACK TO SCHOOL VIDEO TOOLKIT

FOR STUDENTS, TEACHERS, & SCHOOL ADMIN.

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