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What is IXL? And Why Do We Love It So?

April 26, 2023 | Becca Brasser

What is IXL?

IXL is an iPad app we use in first grade to support our language arts and math instruction.  Our math curriculum aligns with IXL to have specific activities and skill practice for students based on each day’s lesson.  The language arts content is also extensive, covering everything from phonics to vocabulary to reading strategies to grammar!

When do we use IXL?

In first grade, IXL can be used during math working time to support the lesson of the day.  It is used during reading groups and phonics lessons to reinforce concepts.  It is even used during DEAR time to practice skills! IXL is also beneficial because it allows us to differentiate skill practice based on students strengths and areas of weakness. Students who need particular challenges or have particular interests can find IXL activities to match!

Why do we love IXL?

“You can earn badges and prizes for doing it!”

(There are a variety of ways to earn badges: number of questions answered, time spent, skills mastered, and so much more!)

“It really helps me get more things into my brain so I can get better at math.”

“If you finish one skill, there’s always another one to do!

“It helps me learn stuff, gives you levels, tells you the time and how much you got right.  It helps you learn and gives you prizes!”


Becca Brasser

Teacher, Grade 1

Becca Brasser has been teaching first grade at Mustard Seed School since 2002. She’s passionate about teaching children to read, write, experiment, and take risks as they explore the world around them. Her own studies (including a Master of Arts degree from New Jersey City University) have given her expertise and experience in the area of literacy education.

Ms. Brasser especially enjoys taking her students on field trips all over the New York Metropolitan area, traveling on foot, subway, bus, commuter train, and ferry. Some favorite trips: the Hudson Hike, the New York Transit Museum, and the Central Park Zoo to study penguins.

Although she lives in the city, Ms. Brasser loves escaping to nature and finding it in her everyday life as well. She loves to explore rivers and lakes, woods and mountains with her husband Matt, their daughter, Annika, and son, Theo.

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