2017

4 Ways to Celebrate Linguistic Diversity

March 23, 2017

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In the Classroom
4 Ways to Celebrate Linguistic Diversity

There are over 7,000 languages spoken in the world today, and over 300 of those are spoken in the U.S., so chances are your students speak some of them. Strategies for teaching ELLs often focus on learning English as quickly as possible, and once students master English, their native languages are often left at home. But rather than think of your classroom as a Tower of Babel, you can celebrate and recognize your students’ linguistic heritage while still moving towards English proficiency.

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Spring into Ecosystems with a Free Lesson Plan for 6th Grade

March 20, 2017

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In the Classroom
Spring into Ecosystems with a Free Lesson Plan for 6th Grade

Spring has officially sprung, so it’s the perfect season for some ecology-themed science lessons! Today, we’re bringing you a free lesson plan on ecosystems for 6th grade. Keep reading to get the details and download the lesson.

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Show and Tell: Yaara Segal

A Q&A with an IXL User Interface Designer

March 17, 2017

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Life at IXL
Show and Tell: Yaara Segal

Say hello to Yaara Segal, senior UI Designer! We chatted about everything from what it takes to be a UI designer at IXL to Yaara’s music preferences. (Hint: There’s a Balkan singer you should add to your playlist!)

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The 2017 IXL Spring Learning Showdown Is Here!

Enter your class in our contest for the chance to win a prize!

March 13, 2017

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In the Classroom
The 2017 IXL Spring Learning Showdown Is Here!

Get ready! The annual IXL Spring Learning Showdown begins April 1st. Prepare for a month of learning by challenging your class to answer as many questions as they can for the chance to win a pizza party!

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Celebrate Pi Day with IXL!

A free download with activities to help your class master circles

March 10, 2017

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In the Classroom
Celebrate Pi Day with IXL!

The most irrational day of the year is fast approaching and we have lots of ideas for how you can celebrate 3/14 with your class. Bobbi Bear, an IXL Learning Resources Manager, is sharing activities for all grades that will help your students solidify their circle knowledge. Read on to get the details and to download the free lesson plan!

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A Year with IXL: Voices Academies – Part 2

Mid-year IXL highlights from students and teachers

March 9, 2017

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For Admins, In the Classroom
A Year with IXL: Voices Academies - Part 2

At Voices College-Bound Language Academies, the 2016-2017 school year started off with a bang: a school-wide implementation of IXL! We documented the beginning of the IXL journey at Voices here. Now that the first half of the year is behind them, we caught up with a few students and teachers at Voices to find out how IXL has made an impact in their classrooms.

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How to Foster Self-Directed Learning in Your Classroom

Part 2 of a two-part series on self-directed learning

March 3, 2017

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For Admins, In the Classroom
How to Foster Self-Directed Learning in Your Classroom

Socrates said that “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” It’s an apt metaphor for learning, but how exactly do you go about kindling those flames? Encouraging student agency is a great way to start! Read on for ideas of how to do so, and don’t miss last week’s post on the value of self-directed learning.

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The Ins and Outs of Self-Directed Learning in the Classroom

Part 1 of a two-part series on self-directed learning

February 28, 2017

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For Admins, In the Classroom
The Ins and Outs of Self-Directed Learning in the Classroom

The term “self-directed learning” has been flying around education circles, but what exactly is it and why is it important in the classroom? We tackle these questions and more below.

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5 Strategies for Pleasing Picky Eaters

February 24, 2017

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At Home
5 Strategies for Pleasing Picky Eaters

In a perfect world, kids and adults alike would eat nothing but nutritious and delicious brain food. In reality, sometimes it takes a bit of ingenuity to please picky palettes. If you want to remind your family that they are what they eat, read on for 5 ideas you can bring to the table.

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New Phonics and Reading Skills for Budding Bookworms!

Plus new and updated math and social studies skills

February 21, 2017

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At Home, For Admins, In the Classroom
New Phonics and Reading Skills for Budding Bookworms!

Exciting news for young readers and writers: we’ve just released over 100 new phonics and reading skills to support early literacy development! And—we have new and revamped math skills for kindergarten through precalculus, as well as updated social studies skills for middle school. Check out the new content on IXL, or keep reading for all the details.

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