professional development

4 End-of-Year Ideas for Teachers

June 12, 2017

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In the Classroom
4 End-of-Year Ideas for Teachers

You’ve done it, teachers! You’ve made it to the end of the school year and you deserve all the rest and relaxation you can get in the coming months. But before you embrace summer with open arms, take a look at this checklist that will help you reflect on your accomplishments, glean some inspiration, and even prep for the fall.

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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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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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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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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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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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What does it take to implement new tech programs effectively at your school?

September 14, 2016

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For Admins, In the Classroom
What does it take to implement new tech programs effectively at your school?

We’re excited to bring you a guest post today from Ellie Hook, a former teacher and a current Proposals Manager at IXL. Below, she shares her insights on effectively implementing new tech programs. As educators transition from evaluating supplemental programs to implementing them, what does it take to ensure the whole team is on board for effective rollout of a new program? Here are a few strategies.

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How to Motivate Your Students with IXL

Back-to-school blog series #7

September 9, 2016

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In the Classroom
How to Motivate Your Students with IXL

Ah, the new school year, a time of fresh starts and classrooms full of energy. Kids are eager to learn and motivated to start the year off strong. But what happens a few months in when some of that momentum wanes? We’ve gathered up some strategies for how you can use IXL to keep students’ enthusiasm and natural curiosity strong all year long.

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Lesson Planning Inspiration: Part 2

Back-to-school blog series #5

August 26, 2016

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In the Classroom
Lesson Planning Inspiration: Part 2

As you get back into the swing of school, it helps to hear how other teachers have approached lesson planning and what strategies they have to share. At IXL, we’re lucky to have a number of former teachers among our ranks, so we asked a few of them what advice they would give. Read on for their responses!

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