The best IXL tips and tricks for teaching are an ideal way to help students progress through their K-12 curriculum learning, enjoying it as they go.
The goal-based learning system can intelligently learn how a student is struggling so as to offer adaptive skills practices to help them better progress toward learning goals. But it's possible for teachers and parents to help maximize these good effects by using IXL better.
From tips to help make using IXL easier to tricks that get more out of the platform, this guide will help you use that IXL membership to its fullest.
So, read on for the best IXL tips and tricks for your students.
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Let students lead
IXL is a great way to give students the opportunity to explore their own learning needs. Since the platform works intelligently to assess and guide students to improve on areas they're struggling with, it allows them freedom. Teachers and parents can use the analytics to track progress and set specific goals. But it can be beneficial to let students explore for themselves.
In doing this, it can offer a sense of freedom as well as a confidence-building opportunity, all while also working on curriculum-based skills that will help them reach their goals. Giving a target of a certain amount of time on IXL per week could be enough guidance, with a weekly check-in to track progress.
Use jump a level
IXL allows teachers and parents the chance to "jump a level." This essentially means they can preview how questions will progress in difficulty within any given skill set. Since the SmartScore varies based on the difficulty of each question, it provides an opportunity to better judge realistic goals and set a SmartScore requirement for each student to suit their level.
This is also a useful way to model certain questions at a particular level for the entire class. You could go through and pick those that you want and leave anything you don't think will be helpful.
Work with Google Classroom
IXL can be easily shared within Google Classroom, ideal for any school that already works within that framework.
In the upper right corner of the IXL screen is a selection of share icons that apply to different platforms, including social media. You can assign a specific skill to a student, a class, or group easily using this icon. Select the second icon in from the left and give that link to students so they can be taken directly to that skill.
Work with textbooks
The IXL skills are made to align with textbooks, specifically with more than 30 ELA textbooks. Each skill set is designed to work with each chapter, making it easy to cross between and work with both.
Skill plans are available for ACT, SATs, and NWEA MAP Growth. These all create a very complimentary way of working in that IXL can be used to reinforce what's being worked through in the textbooks.
Learn with examples
The IXL feature "learn with an example" is a great way to help students understand a skill before they begin working. This feature essentially shows a similar setup of question and answer so that the student can see how it's laid out, worked out, and answered.
The explanation of how to solve the example question is a built-in teaching tool that makes this a viable platform for home-based learning. This is also great when applied to the app as it allows students to work on skills whenever they have time from their own devices.
Suggest a skill
It's possible to directly suggest skills for individual students or classes and have those appear in the student's individual Recommendations wall section of the IXL platform. This helps to integrate targeted skills from teachers, with those automatically generated by the platform based on its learning from the student's efforts.
To do this, go into the skill and select the star then pick either an individual, a class, or all students, depending on what you have setup.
Import your Google Classroom roster
IXL allows teachers to import a Google Classroom roster so adding students and classes is far simpler and faster than inputting manually. This also helps when making recommendations as suggested above.
To do this, go to "import students" at the upper right of the roster page. Then, from the dropdown select Google Classroom as the place from where you want to pull the list. This is done once and won't be kept live, so if you do make changes at the Google end, be sure to re-sync here to make sure you're up to date.