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IXL Bulletin Board

As promised, here is the first of several IXL related posts.

This is how I highlight the skills we are working on for the week…or two weeks…or month…depending on how many snow days we have!

The board is divided for my three different classes: a 7th grade class, an 8th grade class, and my C+M stands for “Core Plus More” which is our part of our Intervention program.

We are often studying different things at different times so the charts get moved around quite often. (Many of my anchor charts are Pinterest inspired.)

The “73,300 Questions” above the board shows how many Language Arts questions my five classes have answered collectively since the beginning of the school year.

The “Target > 85” refers to their SmartScore.

The SmartScore is a hot topic in our building right now. What is fair? What is reasonable? What is realistic?

I went to the IXL FAQs and found that a SmartScore of 80 is considered “good,” 90 is “excellent,” and 100 is “mastered.”

I chose 85 because it seemed to be a good challenge for the students I work with.

At times I will tell a student to work towards a lower SmartScore if they are truly working hard and still struggling.

I also encourage students to “Level Up,” meaning if they are working at the 5th grade level and hit 85, the should Level Up – I tend to make a silly video game noise when I say this- and try the related 6th grade skill. (More on that later).

Of course, I’ve had students ask, “Can I get higher than 85?”

Without a doubt- go for it!

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4 responses

  1. Thank you, Melanie!

  2. I love reading your posts and thank you for the work that you share. I am not a fan of IXL, however, as I feel that it makes kids HATE English. I’ve done it with them and can see how they get frustrated because the higher you go, the easier it is to fall A LOT when you make a mistake. Do you see the skills transferring into their daily writing? I just feel that our students are on a screen too much, but I know it’s important to teach these skills. Thanks for your input.

    1. Amy, I certainly respect your opinion about screen time. It’s definitely a concern as a mother and a teacher.

      As for how to make IXL not a chore and not so discouraging, stay tuned for some more blog posts. I have several things I do that make it a natural part of our day and classroom culture.

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