differentiation

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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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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Getting the Most out of Independent Learning with IXL

A case study of Sanger Elementary School in Hobbs, New Mexico

January 30, 2017

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For Admins, In the Classroom
Getting the Most out of Independent Learning with IXL

Sanger Elementary in Hobbs, New Mexico, serves a diverse population of students—and Travis Fisher’s 5th grade class is no exception. His students come to him with a range of skill levels in math and English language arts (ELA), so addressing all abilities, all the time can be difficult. In 2013, Travis turned to IXL to help his students improve mastery on grade-level skills, challenge themselves academically, and prepare for high-stakes testing.

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IXL Super Strategies: Get the Most Out of IXL Analytics

January 12, 2017

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For Admins, In the Classroom, IXL Insights
IXL Super Strategies: Get the Most Out of IXL Analytics

Looking for a powerful tool that helps you zero in on your students’ needs and take action in a snap? IXL Analytics translates student practice data into easy-to-understand reports—giving you insights on trouble spots, alerting you in real-time when students need help, and more.  

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Facilitating Teacher-Led Professional Development This Semester

January 11, 2017

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For Admins
Facilitating Teacher-Led Professional Development This Semester

With pressing classroom to-do lists, how can professional development reinvigorate teachers to best meet their students’ needs? Try letting teachers take the lead in facilitating relevant, actionable PD with the following strategies.

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A Year with IXL: Voices Academies

The first video in a series following a school’s first year using IXL

January 6, 2017

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

Educators: Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be part of a school-wide implementation of IXL? This year, we’re presenting a video series following Voices College-Bound Language Academies (Franklin-McKinley campus) in its first year of using IXL.

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A High Schooler’s Perspective on Practicing with IXL

January 4, 2017

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At Home, In the Classroom
A High Schooler's Perspective on Practicing with IXL

Today, we’re bringing you a special guest post from Mikaela S., a current 9th grader! Below, she shares the student perspective on using IXL. The digital age, where every desk has a computer, every wall has a TV, and every toddler has an iPad, has drastically changed the way students learn. Take it from me—I started using IXL to practice math before we even started learning how to count in school. The website has been a crucial part of my education since kindergarten, and 10 years later, I can say that it has really helped me stay on top of ...

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Addressing the Grammar Skill Gap with IXL

A case study of Heritage High School in Littleton, Colorado

December 14, 2016

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For Admins, In the Classroom
Addressing the Grammar Skill Gap with IXL

According to Newsweek, Heritage High School, where English teacher and department chair Amanda Hurley works, is one of the top schools in the nation. However, Amanda saw that there was a real need for more consistent grammar and writing instruction at the school. That’s why she turned to IXL Language Arts to help students brush up on their skills and take their writing to the next level.

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