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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How Does IXL Math Impact Learning? Two Studies Show Results!

Administrator Blog Series, Part 6

March 25, 2016

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For Admins, In the Classroom
How Does IXL Math Impact Learning? Two Studies Show Results!

We don’t want you to just take our word for it that IXL Math works. That’s why we’re sharing the evidence from two independent research studies: one from an RTI model in a rural Kentucky high school and another from a before-school math lab in a California elementary school. Read on to find out the results!

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Teacher Tips to Help Students Do Their Best on Testing Day

March 23, 2016

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In the Classroom
Teacher Tips to Help Students Do Their Best on Testing Day

Testing season is here in full force. You’ve spent the year preparing students as best you can, and now it’s time for them to show what they’ve learned. But even while they put their academic knowledge to the test, you can help them succeed with some of these tips to make students’ school day as conducive to testing as possible.

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IXL Helps Keep Our Oceans Clean

IXLers Volunteer to Clean Up Sharp Park Beach

March 21, 2016

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Life at IXL
IXL Helps Keep Our Oceans Clean

On March 12, a group of dedicated IXL volunteers braved stormy weather and partnered with the Pacifica Beach Coalition to clean up the beautiful Sharp Park Beach.

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Algebra for All—With Help from IXL

A Case Study of Horizon Science Academy High School in Columbus, Ohio

March 16, 2016

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For Admins, In the Classroom
Algebra for All—With Help from IXL

Algebra teacher Tammy Rhymer has high expectations for her students. “You don’t get a pass just for attending in my room,” she says. But how do you teach algebra to every student when many of them didn’t master elementary school math? For Tammy, IXL was the answer—and the proof is in the results.

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