Show and Tell: Lauri Susi & Bobbi Bear

A Q&A with Two IXL Training Specialists

February 11, 2016

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Life at IXL

If you’ve attended an IXL training session recently, there’s a good chance you’ve met Lauri or Bobbi! And, if you liked our recent lesson plan downloads for Black History Month, snow days, and EngageNY, thank these two! Read on to find out more about our Training Specialists—sign language and stage combat, anyone?

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Strategies to Prep for Spring Testing

Administrator Blog Series, Part 3

February 8, 2016

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In the Classroom
Strategies to Prep for Spring Testing

Spring testing season can be a stressful time—for both students and teachers! But if you start planning now, you can have a roadmap to keeping your entire school or district motivated and prepared for the challenges ahead.

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Feeding the Hungry with a North Carolina Food Bank

IXL Raleigh Employees Volunteer with the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC

February 5, 2016

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Life at IXL
Feeding the Hungry with a North Carolina Food Bank

January 30th was just a typical Saturday for some, but not for a group from the IXL Raleigh office! Clad in bright teal shirts, our group of 5 was accompanied by several other groups from local colleges and churches for a total of 60 helping hands at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. The Food Bank receives donations from local farmers and grocery stores, but it relies on volunteers to sort and distribute the inventory so that the donations can get where they need to go.

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Super Bowl Party Ideas Sure to Keep the Kids Entertained

February 3, 2016

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At Home
Super Bowl Party Ideas Sure to Keep the Kids Entertained

As you prepare for the festivities this weekend, it can be tough to think of ways to keep kids happy and entertained during the long game. Whether you’re rooting for the Panthers or the Broncos, or just want to watch the commercials, check out these activities to help everyone enjoy the party, kids included.

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How IXL Can Save You Time with the EngageNY Curriculum

EngageNY/IXL Lesson Alignments Available to Download

February 1, 2016

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In the Classroom
How IXL Can Save You Time with the EngageNY Curriculum

Do you use EngageNY math in your classroom? Are you struggling to complete all the necessary lesson components during your instructional time? We’ve enlisted the help of IXL Training Specialist Lauri Susi to break down the intended philosophy behind EngageNY and to show how using IXL with this curriculum can actually save you time! And, we even have two EngageNY/IXL lesson alignments available for download.

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When the Weather Outside Is Frightful, Keep Students Learning with IXL

How to Plan for a Snow Day

January 26, 2016

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At Home, In the Classroom
When the Weather Outside Is Frightful, Keep Students Learning with IXL

Snowstorms are in full force, and so are snow days! While it’s important for everyone to stay safe and off the roads, the interruptions to the regular school schedule can make keeping on track with learning a little more challenging. Thankfully, IXL Training Specialist Bobbi Bear is here to the rescue with ideas for both teachers and parents on how to make the best of school closures!

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How to Implement IXL with an RTI/MTSS Model

Administrator Blog Series, Part 2

January 21, 2016

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In the Classroom
How to Implement IXL with an RTI/MTSS Model

We’re back with another entry in our Administrator Blog Series! If you haven’t yet, make sure to check out last week’s post on word problems and the math fluency gap. This week, we’re talking about RTI/MTSS, and specifically, how easy it is to incorporate IXL into an RTI model. From Tier I to Tier III, IXL supports many of the RTI model recommendations. Read on to find out how to leverage IXL’s features in new ways.

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Black History Month: Free 2nd and 3rd Grade Lessons Available to Download

January 19, 2016

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In the Classroom
Black History Month: Free 2nd and 3rd Grade Lessons Available to Download

February is Black History Month, a perfect time to highlight the contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout our nation’s history. Bobbi Bear, an IXL Training Specialist, has put together materials and suggested resources for four 45-minute lesson plans for second and third grades, available for download here!

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Two Trains, Traveling in Opposite Directions… Word Problems and the Math Fluency Gap

Administrator Blog Series, Part 1

January 15, 2016

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In the Classroom
Two Trains, Traveling in Opposite Directions… Word Problems and the Math Fluency Gap

Math fluency is a nagging problem in our schools nationwide, but there are some surprisingly tangible actions we can take to close the gap. Kevin Baird, the Chairman at the Center for College & Career Readiness, shared his insights previously in a webinar in partnership with IXL. We’re highlighting some of his points here, but also keep an eye on our upcoming webinars page to attend future sessions!

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“I Have a Dream”: Lesson Plans for MLK Day

January 12, 2016

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In the Classroom
“I Have a Dream”: Lesson Plans for MLK Day

MLK Day is almost here, and aside from relishing the prospect of a day off, we want to take time to remember the extraordinary man who inspired this holiday. So, we’ve gathered up some ideas for exploring Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy with students of all grades in the coming week.

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