Sixth-graders use app to complete 200,000 math problems

Students in Mrs. Poutre's class posing with IXL certificateSchuylerville sixth grade students have completed more than 200,000 math problems this school year using a new app. Students in Kristin Poutre and Jason Mehan’s math classes are using the app “IXL” on their iPads in conjunction with classroom instruction.

“We use the app to reinforce what we’re teaching in class,” Poutre said. “Students work really hard to master skills or earn ribbons on a given topic. By doing this, they are gaining more confidence and working out any areas of weakness with repetition.”

The app is fully aligned with New York State’s Common Core Learning Standards and provides unlimited practice questions specifically tailored to each required standard.

“IXL challenges me and pushes me to not give up,” said sixth-grader Joseph Thurston.

Students seem to like the app because it allows them to practice at their own pace and stay focused.

“I like that the app knows I’m a good student,” said sixth-grader Mykenzie Davis. “If I’m at a 72 and I get the answer wrong, the app will bump me back to 60. But, when I get the next question right, it brings me up to a 78. I like that it challenges me!”

Below are photos of each class posing with the certificate of achievement that IXL sent them.

Students in Mr. Mehan's class posing with IXL certificateStudents in Mr. Mehan's class posing with IXL certificate
Students in Mr. Mehan's class posing with IXL certificateStudents in Mrs. Poutre's class posing with IXL certificate
Students in Mrs. Poutre's class posing with IXL certificate