Give Thanks: Thanksgiving Gratitude Activities

November 21, 2016

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At Home
Give Thanks: Thanksgiving Gratitude Activities

This Thanksgiving, get to the heart of the holiday with random acts of kindness, thoughtful art projects, and more! Here are a few ways to fill those pre-dinner hours with meaningful activities that cultivate an attitude of gratitude.

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Moving Beyond the Standard Curriculum with IXL Math

A Case Study of Roscommon Elementary School in Roscommon, Michigan

November 17, 2016

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For Admins, In the Classroom
Moving Beyond the Standard Curriculum with IXL Math

Second grade teacher Scott Mayes knows the struggle of differentiation. It was a daily challenge until his school, Roscommon Elementary, purchased a license for IXL Math in 2012. Since then, Scott has used IXL to give his students extra support and expose them to math concepts that have not yet been covered in their standardized math curriculum.

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Wondering Where to Start with Private Funding for Your Class?

A how-to guide on successfully funding your IXL classroom membership

November 15, 2016

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In the Classroom
Wondering Where to Start with Private Funding for Your Class?

Looking to get a new resource for your class, but struggling to come up with space in your budget for it? Thankfully, in this day and age, there are lots of private funding options out there! To help you take advantage of these funding sources, we’ve compiled a guide with tips and best practices for successfully achieving your goal.

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IXL Employees Share Their Love of Science

IXL Volunteers at the Bay Area Science Festival

November 11, 2016

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Life at IXL
IXL Employees Share Their Love of Science

During the first weekend of November, thousands of people descended on San Francisco’s AT&T Park to share their love of science. Saturday’s Discovery Day was the final event of the weeklong Bay Area Science Festival and boasted 150 booths with activities for science enthusiasts of all ages. For the first time in the festival’s 6-year history, IXL sponsored a booth—and the day was a great success for everyone!

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What Does It Take to Have a Student-Centered Classroom?

A look at the role of heutagogy in learning

November 7, 2016

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For Admins, In the Classroom
What Does It Take to Have a Student-Centered Classroom?

What’s “heutagogy” and what does it have to do with school? Eryn Barker, a Professional Learning Specialist at IXL, is here to answer those questions and more in this guest post!

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RTI Made Easy with IXL

A case study of Thorp Elementary School in Thorp, Wisconsin

November 4, 2016

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For Admins, In the Classroom
RTI Made Easy with IXL

Thorp Elementary is nestled in a rural community of 1,000 residents in northern Wisconsin. Thorp serves many high-need students, with 60 percent of students qualifying for free and reduced lunch and a wide range of ability levels in each grade. The school implemented IXL in 2013 to support their Response to Intervention (RTI) program. Third grade teacher Alyece West was one of the first to embrace IXL for both regular classroom instruction and RTI.

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NaNoWriMo Inspiration for Your Classroom

November 1, 2016

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In the Classroom
NaNoWriMo Inspiration for Your Classroom

It’s official: National Novel Writing Month is off and running! Dedicated to the novel writing process and all things literary, this program can help hone writing skills, encourage creativity, and introduce students to the fun of long-form publishing. Whether your class is ready to write full novels or you’d just like to incorporate the NaNoWriMo spirit into your lessons, read on for some ideas to get started.

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5 Fun and Educational Halloween Activities for the Whole Family

October 28, 2016

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At Home
5 Fun and Educational Halloween Activities for the Whole Family

Looking for some wickedly fun Halloween activities that the whole family can enjoy? These simple ideas are as festive as they are educational—and they guarantee good times, whether you’re hosting a weekend monster mash or simply counting down to October 31.

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Democracy in Action: Free Election Lesson Plans for Grades 2-5

October 26, 2016

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In the Classroom
Democracy in Action: Free Election Lesson Plans for Grades 2-5

As November 8th approaches, now is the perfect time to teach students about the election process and how the U.S. government works. Bobbi Bear, an IXL Professional Learning Specialist, has put together two mini lesson plans for grades 2-5, available for download here!

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IXL Analytics: Data that supports all your teaching needs

October 20, 2016

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In the Classroom
IXL Analytics: Data that supports all your teaching needs

No two days are the same in the classroom, and we know how hard you work to keep students engaged and to support all the diverse learners in your class. Which is where IXL Analytics comes in. Have you used it in your classroom yet? If not, read on to find out how IXL Analytics can help streamline your school days from whole class to small groups to one-on-one settings.

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