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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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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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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 Indoor Activities to Beat Cabin Fever

January 20, 2017

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At Home
5 Indoor Activities to Beat Cabin Fever

Winter weather got you down? Too many snow days can lead to a family-wide case of cabin fever—but there are plenty of ways to stay active, entertained, and cozy! Check out these simple ideas the whole family can enjoy, no matter what’s in your weather forecast.

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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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IXL’s 2016 Year in Review

December 30, 2016

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IXL Insights
IXL’s 2016 Year in Review

Before we ring in a new year, we thought now would be a great time to reflect on all the great IXL moments from 2016! A lot of learning happened this past year, and our users reached new levels of achievement with IXL’s latest content and features. Here are our favorite milestones from 2016:

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Start Your New Year Off Right with Resolutions for the Whole Family

Set and keep goals that the entire family can get behind

December 28, 2016

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At Home
Start Your New Year Off Right with Resolutions for the Whole Family

New Year’s resolutions are infamously hard to keep, yet they’re still a great way to look ahead and plan out the things you’d like to accomplish in the coming year. So why not set some goals as a family that will help you create more quality time and run a smoother household?

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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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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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