April 2013

Should Siblings Attend the Same School?

April 30, 2013 At Home
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Much of our adolescence is devoted to discovering and establishing our individual identities. The process is difficult enough on its own, but when it involves siblings who are close in age, things can get even more complicated. At home, parents can monitor their children’s development and encourage or intervene as necessary. School, however, presents an added challenge to establishing a unique identity. For example, teachers of older siblings might have preconceived notions—whether overly positive or negative—about younger siblings. This can influence how other students view the younger child, and even create a sense of rivalry between the two siblings.

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Going Paperless with IXL

April 25, 2013 At Home
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Did you know that paper and paperboard products make up the largest portion of trash in the United States? In honor of Earth Day this week (and because of the many other benefits!) we’re celebrating the paperless capabilities of IXL! Paperless Practice With IXL, there’s no need for students to lug around a heavy text book or a worksheet folder that could risk getting forgotten or lost; IXL is accessible anytime, from anywhere students have an internet-enabled computer or device.

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Exploring Project-Based Learning

April 23, 2013 In the Classroom
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Project-based learning, or PBL, has gained popularity over the past few years as an active approach to learning. Centered around a specific, real-world question or problem, projects are usually collaborative endeavors intended to engage students deeply in a topic and help them develop critical thinking, creativity, communication, and other life skills.

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IXL Insights – Identifying Grade-Level Proficiency

April 18, 2013 IXL Insights
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By this point in the school year, most students should have a good understanding of the material appropriate to their own grade level. To ensure that they do, there’s no better place to look than our Grade-Level Proficiency report! The report shows you how your students are doing on all of the skills in their grade level.

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IXL in Action – Partnering for Success

April 16, 2013 In the Classroom
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When Manchester City School District was approached by a local business with an idea to incentivize student achievement, it had just purchased IXL for 1,500 of its elementary and middle school students. Logan’s Roadhouse, a restaurant committed to local communities and schools, wanted to offer gift cards as a reward for students’ success.

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Creativity in the Classroom

April 11, 2013 In the Classroom
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In the midst of state testing season, with Common Core so top of mind, it’s easy to forget about that other classroom “c” word—and yet many education experts insist is just as important to students’ success: creativity. In a world where change happens quickly and where we’re supposed to be educating children for a future we know very little about, a capacity to innovate—which children tend to possess naturally—appears more essential than ever.

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IXL Insights – Success Stories

April 9, 2013 IXL Insights
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What impact does a student’s engagement in IXL math really have? What difference can it make for your individual students, or your children? To find out, look no further than our user success stories! There, you’ll meet students like nine-year-old John, who was inspired by the IXL program to learn a new concept every day just so he could move through more of the standards. After completing the 30-day trial, he had gone from a fifth-grade level to an eighth grade level!

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Staying Motivated After Spring Break

April 4, 2013 At Home
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As fun as spring break can be for both teachers and students, it can be difficult to readjust after a week or more of vacation, and especially with just a few weeks of school left to go. Students are often distracted by the thought of summer vacation, and even teachers can find themselves losing steam near the end. Here are a few resources to help you and your students stay motivated and finish off the school year strong.

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IXL for the Homeschooler

April 2, 2013 At Home
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Being a parent to your children is a full-time job, so when you’re also their teacher, it can feel like working overtime! IXL is happy to support you in this challenging but important role. Many homeschoolers use our family membership plan as part of their daily lessons. Here are few positive things we’ve heard from homeschool families: 1. Use a single math practice solution for all of your children. You get access to all grade levels on IXL, which is perfect for instructing children of various ages and skill levels. This also means that the program “grows” with your children as they progress, without you having to purchase new materials or pay for access to more advanced grade levels. At the same time, each child receives his or her own profile, so you can keep track of his or her individual progress.

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