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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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Using Penda Learning as part of your instructional practice?

Created classroom intervention groups within your teacher account yet?

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Is your school off for a couple days in observation of Thanksgiving? Consider creating a challenge or competition for students to engage in over the holiday break to keep them academically engaged!

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Here's How:

1. Start by identifying (and ranking) 2 - 3 low performing standards where students would benefit from additional review or practice. Standards could include those from previous grade levels or current academic year. Review most recent formative assessment results.

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2. After identifying up to 3 of the lowest performing standards, log into Penda Learning to browse/search for Penda activities. Search by standard, concept, or topic.

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3. Click on an activity icon or activity name to open and preview a specific Penda activity.

4. To assign a Penda activity as part of the challenge/competition, tick the checkbox located to the left of the activity icon, then click "Assign Work" found at the top left corner of the search results page.

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5. The Set Assignment wizard will open. Click "Next >" found in the bottom right corner of the window to proceed to step #2 (Name).

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6. On screen #2 of 5, type a unique "Task Name" in the text box. Since the "Task Name" is visible to students on their My Assignments screen, it can be used to call student's attention to those Penda activities that are part of the challenge/competition. Suggestions include "Thanksgiving Break Challenge" or "Turkey Competition." Once a unique task name has been entered, click "Next >" in the bottom right corner of the window to proceed through the remaining 3 steps.

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7. Once you have successfully assigned Penda activities to students, give consideration to the following:

How will the challenge/competition be measured?

- Number of activity attempts

- Best score

- Total number of Penda activities mastered (green)

-Student leaderboard points (calculate: student points per leaderboard after holiday break - student points per leaderboard before holiday break = student points earned during holiday break)

How many students will be recognized at the end of the challenge/competition?

- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place per class period

- Top 5 students per class period

- Top 10 students per grade-level

What incentive(s) will be offered as part of the challenge/competition?

- Free homework pass

- Voucher for extra 10 points on a quiz

- "Skip to the front of the line" pass

- $10.00 Amazon or iTune gift card sponsored by school PTA

- Free McDonalds ice cream voucher

- Pizza party

8. With the above items identified, advertise and announce the challenge/competition to students. Kick-off the challenge on the last day of school before the holiday break begins!

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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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Putting RTI Into Practice With Penda Learning's Intervention Features

To view the October, 2018 edition of Penda Learning's enewsletter, CLICK ON THE LINK PROVIDED or the image below.

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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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