student-centered learning

Stay sharp with IXL this summer!

Check out our fun activities to keep students learning all break long.

June 6, 2017

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At Home, In the Classroom
Stay sharp with IXL this summer!

The long days of summer are finally here—the perfect time for exploring and learning new things. We’ve created a bunch of fun, free resources to help your students take advantage of the break and become self-motivated learners!

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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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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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In the Classroom, For Admins
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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In the Classroom, For Admins
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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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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In the Classroom, For Admins
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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In the Classroom, For Admins
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, In the Classroom, For Admins
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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