Summer Implementation Ideas for IXL Math (Part 2)

May 21, 2013

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Last week, we shared creative ideas for making summer math practice fun for kids.  Today, we’ll offer a few more hints to make your IXL math initiative a breeze to manage!

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when planning and implementing a summer learning initiative:

  • Have a clear mission, whether it’s reviewing past skills to solidify understanding, preventing summer learning loss, getting ahead for next school year, or a combination of these.
  • Set specific goals for students to meet, such as a list of skills to practice, a certain SmartScore to achieve, or a certain amount of time to practice.
  • Try to break larger goals into smaller, more manageable goals. For example, instead of asking students to practice for a total of 15 hours over the summer, ask them to practice 75 minutes a week or, better yet, 15 minutes each week day.
  • Spell out the rewards that student can earn for accomplishing goals.
  • Determine what data you will need to evaluate students’ progress, and which IXL reports you will use.
  • Communicate IXL summer goals to parents.

However you choose to engage students in math practice this summer, you can incentivize student achievement with a variety of fun but inexpensive rewards, including:

  • Award ceremony
  • Recognition in the morning announcements
  • Certificate posted on the classroom bulletin board
  • Special privileges, such as a free homework pass or being the teacher’s helper for a day
  • Extra credit in math class
  • Pizza party or ice cream social
  • Medals, ribbons, or other small prizes that can be displayed, such as bracelets or key chains
  • Gift card to a local restaurant or business

Let the summer games begin!

Have you ever implemented a summer learning initiative? Share your experience and suggestions!

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