Answers to your i-Ready Classroom Mathematics questions.
Ready Classroom Mathematics is now i-Ready Classroom Mathematics. How does this change impact my student?
This change has no impact on your student. The name of the curriculum has been updated to reflect that it works with i-Ready, but the curriculum and contents of the program have stayed the same.
Can I access a digital copy of the Student Worktext at home?
What does the Student Digital Experience look like, and how can I help my student log in to it?
How can I help my student log in on an iPad?
Log in to i-Ready Connectfrom an iPad® following these steps:
- Download the free i-Ready Connect for Students™ app from the App Store®. iPads must be compatible with iOS 13 or above, such as the iPad Air 2, iPad Air 3 (2019), iPad 5th Generation (2017), iPad Pro®, or any other device that meets these requirements: https://cdn.i-ready.com/instruction/content/system-check/iReady_System_Requirements.pdf
- If your student’s district/school uses Clever®, download the Clever app from the App Store. Your student should open the Clever app, log in using their district/school portal credentials, and click on the i-Ready icon.
- If your student’s district/school uses a portal, that is not Clever, students should open Safari® browser, enter their school portal URL and log in, and click on the i-Ready icon.
- If your student’s district/school does not use a portal, they should open the i-Ready Connect for Students app and log in to i-Ready using the credentials provided by their teacher.
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For security purposes, usernames and passwords are managed by your student’s school/district. Please contact your student’s teacher/school if they cannot log in successfully.
Can my student access the Student Digital Experience on my phone?
At present, you cannot access the Student Digital Experience on a phone. To test if the program will work on a device or iPad, visit cdn.i-ready.com/systemcheck for a system check.
Where are the Learning Games, and which ones should my student play?
Learning Games are accessible from the Student Digital Experience. The games are designed to strengthen fluency, number sense, and conceptual understanding of challenging mathematics concepts in a way that is fun and engaging. We encourage students to use the games for roughly 20 minutes per week or more at the discretion of educators or families. Check out the Learning Games Guide for Families to learn more.
My student’s teacher mentioned a “Diagnostic” test. How does that work?
At three different times throughout the school year, your student will take an online test to identify what they know and what they still need to learn. This test is adaptive, which means the level of difficulty will change with each question, depending on your student’s answers. The goal is to figure out the mathematics level that is “just right” for them. So, your student should expect to see some questions that are very challenging, but that’s okay, because it means the test is working correctly.
From the results of the test, your student’s teacher will be able to identify exactly what your student’s strengths are as well as where they’ll benefit from more support. Then, from this data, your student’s teacher can plan for instruction that meets the exact learning needs of your student.
How can I help my student be successful in mathematics?
One of the best ways to help your student be successful in mathematics is to encourage a growth mindset. Those with a growth mindset believe hard work, perseverance, and having confidence when learning new or challenging things are the keys to being successful. You can promote a growth mindset in your student by:
- Praising their efforts when they persist in accomplishing difficult tasks
- Sharing your belief in their ability to overcome obstacles
- Complimenting them for behaviors they can control such as working hard or creating consistent study habits, rather than innate characteristics such as being “smart”
Click here to learn more about fostering a growth mindset with your student.
What resources are available for supporting my student in learning mathematics at home?
i-Ready Classroom Mathematics offers numerous resources to help support continued learning at home. You may want to start by exploring the:
- Family Letters for each lesson that will help you understand the mathematics concepts, explain the learning goals of the lesson, and suggest activities to do with your student to support their learning outside of school
- i-Ready Classroom Mathematics Family Center, where you’ll find a variety of resources, such as the Learning Games Guide for Families or a Thinking Mat to help your student organize their thinking
- Student Digital Experience, which includes a digital version of the Student Worktext, access to the Learning Games and Family Letters, and helpful instructional videos
Why does the program present different ways of solving a problem?
i-Ready Classroom Mathematics engages students with solving problems using different approaches to encourage them to be flexible in their thinking and problem solving. Students learn why a set of solution steps works as opposed to just memorizing the steps. This deepens their conceptual understanding and helps them make connections between different models and strategies. They also develop math confidence when they learn that their own strategies are valid even if they are not always the same as their teacher’s strategy, and their judgement is enhanced because they learn to select the most efficient approach for solving a given problem.
What is math discourse, and why is it so important?
Math discourse simply means talking about math. Talking about math helps your student process ideas more critically, develop perseverance and confidence, and more readily retain what they learn. Below are just a few of the numerous benefits that come from talking about math:
- When your student participates in math discourse, they learn to justify their thinking and solution processes, which is often required at higher levels of math. This will set the stage for your student’s future mathematics success.
- Talking about mathematics with a partner or group of peers will help your student gain confidence. It provides students with low-stakes opportunities to test their thinking and participate in math class.
- Students will benefit from each other’s thinking (many minds are better than one) and will gain a sense of ownership over their learning as they help to co-create mathematics learning with their teacher and classmates.
- As students engage in mathematical discourse, their teacher is able to informally evaluate their understanding to provide them with more agile, frequent support rather than waiting for them to take a test.
Check out these resources to help get your student talking about math!
What is the Try–Discuss–Connect routine, and how does it work?
The Try–Discuss–Connect routine is an instructional routine that your student’s teacher uses when teaching with i-Ready Classroom Mathematics. This routine provides time for students to make sense of math problems before attempting to solve them. It also allows them to share their thinking with their classmates and to make connections from their previous learning to new concepts. Click here to learn more about the Try–Discuss–Connect routine and how you can use it with your student at home.
What are math manipulatives, and which ones would be helpful for my student to use at home?
Click here to learn all about math manipulatives and how to use them at home with i-Ready Classroom Mathematics.