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What do you think about Penda Learning's 250+ new science activities?

Penda Learning wants to hear from teachers, academic coaches, department heads, and school leaders -

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Now, teachers can specifically target and quickly access Penda Learning's 250+ new science activities, which are editable by teachers.

Here's how:

1. Log in to your Penda Learning teacher account.

2. Click "Activities" found on the top navigation bar.

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3. Click "Apply Filter" button.

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4. Check the box for "Share+" then click "Apply."

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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

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

September 23, 2019 - 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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Click the image below to download Penda Learning's Teacher Quick-Start Guide (.pdf)

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Click the image below to download Penda Learning's Getting Started Teacher Flyer (.pdf)

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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:

- SUBMIT YOUR SCHOOL'S STUDENT DATA and curriculum documents to Penda Learning Support (SUPPORT@PENDALEARNING.COM)

- Create your Penda Learning teacher account & COMPLETE 24/7 ONLINE, ON-DEMAND TEACHER PD MODULE

- Browse & assign activities to classes

- INTRODUCE STUDENTS TO PENDA LEARNING

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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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In observation of Labor Day 2019, Penda Learning will be closed.
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Just in time for Back-to-School 2019, Penda Learning's Content Development Team released 250+ new Florida science activities specifically crafted for FL NGSSS.

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During the summer break, Penda Learning collaborated with Duval, Hillsborough, and Osceola science teachers experienced in teaching Grade 5 Science, Comprehensive Science 3, Physical Science, and High School Biology courses. This elite group of 20 science teachers collectively provided invaluable input, feedback, and teaching/learning expertise, to first identify 86 standards spanning over the 4 courses, all annually assessed by the State of Florida Department of Education (FL SSA and Biology EOC).

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For each of the 86 standards identified, 'Evidence of Learning' components were mapped out and clearly defined by way of 3 achievement level descriptors - developing, achieving, and exceeding. This methodical and pragmatic work ultimately lead to the successful content development and design process resulting in 3 unique Penda science activities per standard - 1 activity for each achievement level descriptor.

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With over 250+ new Penda Learning science activities now available, teachers can leverage the developing, achieving, and exceeding activities to more efficiently and effectively differentiate instruction, support personalized learning, and optimize Response To Intervention for tiers 1 - 3. Penda Learning is excited to release these new digital science activities to help students reach their maximum potential in science and STEM education.

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250+ New Science Activities - Additional Details

- Each activity is accessible using a mobile device, including iPads, Android tablets, and SmartPhones.

- Each activity is editable - teachers can edit the activity to further customize before assigning the activity.

- Each activity clearly defines an objective, 'evidence of learning criteria,' and major vocabulary at the beginning.

- Each activity can be translated from English into one of Google's 200 supported language translations - click here to see how

- Each activity offers a read-aloud capability where a student can click on a speaker icon and be read the informational text and/or question.

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2019 - 2020 BACK TO SCHOOL VIDEO TOOLKIT

FOR STUDENTS, TEACHERS, & SCHOOL ADMIN.

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