student-centered learning

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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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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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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Free IXL Feedback Organizers for Math, ELA, Science & Social Studies

Develop more reflective students with these downloadable resources for grades 2–5.

October 17, 2016

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In the Classroom
Free IXL Feedback Organizers for Math, ELA, Science & Social Studies

We’re often told to learn from our mistakes, but it’s a hard lesson to absorb, especially for students. Despite reminders to read the feedback on their tests and assignments, students frequently zero in on the grade or plunge ahead to the next task. So to help develop reflective students, we’ve put together some downloadable resources that will help students get the most from their IXL practice.

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Building a Love of Grammar with IXL

A case study of Portola Valley School District in Portola Valley, California

September 30, 2016

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For Admins, In the Classroom
Building a Love of Grammar with IXL

John Davenport is an 8th grade language arts and social studies teacher at Portola Valley School District, a small 
K–8 district in the San Francisco Bay Area. Deep in the heart of Silicon Valley, Portola Valley serves parents
 who have high expectations for personalized learning, academic results, and effective technology integration. The district adopted IXL Language Arts in 2014 when the school board and parent groups expressed concern about a lack of effective grammar instruction in the district.

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Just Released! A Whole New Way to Explore IXL

Personalized recommendations suggest the perfect skills to practice

September 13, 2016

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At Home, For Admins, In the Classroom
Just Released! A Whole New Way to Explore IXL

Ever wondered what to work on? Looking for the exact skills to help you overcome a learning roadblock? Well, IXL has released a brand new recommendations feature that does all that and more!

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Creating a Student-Centered Classroom

May 16, 2013

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In the Classroom
Creating a Student-Centered Classroom

We’re all familiar with the traditional classroom model: a teacher stands at the front of the room imparting knowledge while students listen quietly at their desks. We’re also familiar with the reality of the situation; as the lecture progresses, a scan of the room often reveals glazed eyes, unsolicited conversation, and, now more than ever, the surreptitious tapping of fingers across a mobile screen.

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