In the Classroom

What’s a Mole Have to Do with the White House? How to Handle Polysemous Words in the Classroom

April 28, 2016

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In the Classroom
What’s a Mole Have to Do with the White House? How to Handle Polysemous Words in the Classroom

A mole is a very different concept depending on whether you’re sitting in social studies or science class: are you referring to a spy in the White House or the small burrowing mammal? Regardless, both meanings are related (they both go under the radar) and can cause confusion for students, particularly English language learners. Here’s what to watch out for in the vocabulary of your content area.

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IXL Spring Learning Showdown 2016: Leaderboard Update #2

Will your class finish in the Top 3?

April 22, 2016

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In the Classroom
IXL Spring Learning Showdown 2016: Leaderboard Update #2

We’re nearing the finish line for this year’s Spring Showdown, and your classes continue impressing us with their dedication and drive to win! Here’s the second leaderboard update—take a look to see if your class is in the Top 20*!

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Should the English Spelling System Be Revised to Help Kids Learn?

April 20, 2016

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At Home, In the Classroom
Should the English Spelling System Be Revised to Help Kids Learn?

It’s no secret that English spelling is complex. What’s often forgotten is that it takes children a long time to master the skill, and let’s not kid ourselves: plenty of adults still grapple with it too (to? two?). In light of these reasons, some people are advocating for a reform of the system, whether through a complete overhaul or more targeted changes. So is there any weight to their (there? they’re?) argument?

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IXL Spring Learning Showdown 2016: Leaderboard Update #1

Is your class on track to take home the prize?

April 15, 2016

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In the Classroom
IXL Spring Learning Showdown 2016: Leaderboard Update #1

Wow! We’re already blown away by the number of classrooms who have entered and the amount of questions that have been answered. Check out the current standings below to see if your class ranks in the Top 20 of their grade bracket!

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Ever Wondered What It Would Be Like to Learn to Read Again?

An Exercise to Understand Students’ Literacy Challenges

April 13, 2016

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In the Classroom
Ever Wondered What It Would Be Like to Learn to Read Again?

For most of us, the experience of learning to read is a distant, fading memory. It’s hard to put ourselves back in the shoes of young students as they painstakingly sound out words. Whether you teach kids who are just beginning to develop literacy skills or work with English language learners who aren’t yet literate in English, the following exercise can help you relive the process of learning to read and better understand the struggles your students face!

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IXL’s Mobile Team Goes Back to School for a Classroom Visit!

The mobile team visited John Kelley Elementary School to see how they use IXL on iPads

April 12, 2016

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In the Classroom
IXL’s Mobile Team Goes Back to School for a Classroom Visit!

Recently some of the engineers from our mobile team went on a field trip—back to school! Corey Zilli, an IXL Educational Sales Consultant, went along with them and is here to report the story.

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Celebrate Earth Day with Free 3rd & 4th Grade Lessons Available for Download

April 8, 2016

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In the Classroom
Celebrate Earth Day with Free 3rd & 4th Grade Lessons Available for Download

The world is a wide and wacky place, and what better time to introduce students to some of its wonders than Earth Day! IXL Training Specialist Kelly Oh has created four lesson plans, which use IXL’s science content, along with other resources, to teach third and fourth graders about weather, climate, and animal traits and adaptations. The lesson plans, as well as related worksheets and rubrics, are all available for download here.

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10 Poems in 10 Lines or Less for National Poetry Month

April 5, 2016

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At Home, In the Classroom
10 Poems in 10 Lines or Less for National Poetry Month

Poetry can be a tough sell to kids and adults alike. But it doesn’t have to be! By exploring the power and emotion conveyed in just a few lines of poetry, you’ll get kids thinking critically about all sorts of topics. Short poems are the perfect way to warm up a class or to get a dinner conversation going. Read on for 10 poems that pack a whole lot of meaning in 10 lines or less! 1. “Fog” by Carl Sandburg

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Guest Blog: The Missing Ingredient in Education

IXLer Ian Moore Shares Why a Growth Mindset Matters

March 31, 2016

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In the Classroom
Guest Blog: The Missing Ingredient in Education

Today, we’re bringing you a guest post by Ian Moore, an Educational Sales Consultant with IXL. In this post, he explains what a growth mindset is and shares his insights and expertise on how to cultivate this mentality in students.

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Enter the 2016 IXL Spring Learning Showdown!

Can your class answer enough questions to win a prize?

March 28, 2016

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In the Classroom
Enter the 2016 IXL Spring Learning Showdown!

This is no April Fool’s joke! The IXL Spring Learning Showdown is returning April 1st. Challenge your class to answer as many questions as they can in one month for the chance to win prizes!

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