IXL in Action – A Million Reasons to Love Math

May 28, 2013


In the Classroom, For Admins

Principal John Fontanetta had been looking for a program that would provide students with individual access to math practice and teachers with data on how well their students were doing. Enter IXL!

Students responded well to IXL, not only working on math during designated times at school, but also challenging themselves to practice between class and at home for extra practice. To motivate classes further, Fontanetta began to post the number of problems completed on the teacher’s lounge door, breaking it down by grade level. He also made this information part of his morning announcements, congratulating classes who reached a new milestone for number of problems completed.

Fontanetta decided students had a good shot at completing 500,000 questions by the end of the school year, so he made it a school-wide goal. By winter break, students were already close to achieving it. Determined to keep the momentum going, Fontanetta upped the goal to a million questions. He encouraged students to continue practicing in their free time, after they finished their regular homework. Along the way, students and teachers set individual and homeroom goals to achieve mastery of various skills on IXL. Friendly competition arose between homerooms, but regardless of which class they were in, all students felt they were contributing to the school goal. A couple weeks shy of the end of the school year, the students surpassed a million questions.

“I believe all student engagement begins with great teachers who have the ability to differentiate learning in a way that allows students to experience success while challenging their own personal growth,” said Fontanetta. “Coupled with outstanding instruction, IXL math has been an effective tool for us to motivate students to achieve personal and school-wide goals.”

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All Comments (4)

Rita May 30, 2013 at 9:51 am

I would like to show you our project
It consist of a maths videogame with 8 levels:
I hope you like it


The IXL Blog June 7, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Hi, Rita. Thanks for sharing!


daniella.nweke August 27, 2013 at 9:42 am

l love ixl and it is some much fun to learn and easy to use it what is the fun meaning of ixl is it international ex learning let see


The IXL Blog September 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Hi, Daniella. IXL doesn’t have a specific meaning, but we like to think of it as a place where “I excel” at math and language arts! In addition to our U.S. version, we do offer eight international editions of IXL, which you can learn about here: http://www.ixl.com/international.


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