Common Sense Review
Updated May 2014

IXL: Math -- Seventh-grade skills

Good targeted skills practice in lieu of deeper math understanding
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This module is part of the Website IXL.
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  • Over 250 skills are included for seventh graders.
  • Awards are given to users for meeting various goals.
  • The dashboard provides teachers with a detailed look at student progress.
Jason Shiroff
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How Can Teachers Use It?

IXL's seventh-grade lessons include 255 skills divided into 26 categories, covering nearly all of the grade's Common Core standards. As students reach seventh grade, the need for differentiated instruction is bound to grow. IXL's adaptive nature helps keep practice level. However, the skills here are presented in isolation from one another. Through your own instruction, you'll need to help your students make deeper connections between skills, guiding them toward a more holistic understanding of math.

Your students will benefit most here if they've already got a strong conceptual understanding of the concepts they're practicing. As such, use IXL for extra practice and homework – you'll be able to track students' data and usage. While IXL's reward system is better suited to younger students, you can use the data reports to help set learning goals; as you know your students best, build in some custom rewards that are more likely to motivate them. If using the site in class, assign specific topics to each student, either as review or as an extension activity. As you circulate, take note of where students may need some help; there are bound to be some teachable moments.

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