2019

How IXL made my life as a SpEd teacher easier

December 5, 2019

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In the Classroom
How IXL made my life as a SpEd teacher easier

As a former special education teacher, my time at school revolved around two terms: differentiation and documentation. These were both incredibly complex to achieve. I was supporting students with a wide range of academic needs across multiple content areas, and documentation often involved hours of tedious data collection and IEP (individualized education plan) writing. However, about halfway through my teaching career, I was able to find a resource that helped make my life easier: IXL!

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New Reading skill plan for the NWEA MAP Growth!

Find the skills that are right for your RIT score

December 3, 2019

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In the Classroom, For Admins
New Reading skill plan for the NWEA MAP Growth!

Earlier this year, we introduced skill plans for the NWEA MAP Growth math assessments–now, we’ve added skill plans for the NWEA MAP Growth Reading assessment! Read on to learn more about how this new resource can help students prepare for the exams and improve their RIT scores! 

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School break strategy: Keep students learning during holiday breaks

November 22, 2019

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In the Classroom
School break strategy: Keep students learning during holiday breaks

As a teacher, I often found myself playing catch-up with students after returning to school from a holiday break, and having to review the last few lessons I taught prior to break. In a world where pacing guides have very few flex days, time is precious and must be used strategically. But the good news is, there are ways to motivate students to keep practicing while they’re away, so they return to school ready to continue with new material! 

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Growth mindset and the IXL SmartScore

November 21, 2019

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At Home, In the Classroom
Growth mindset and the IXL SmartScore

Thanks to Carol Dweck’s work, instilling a growth mindset in our students has become a goal of educators and parents around the world. In Mindset, Dweck uncovers the power of having a growth mindset, a belief that intelligence is something that can be developed, rather than something that is static or fixed.  As educators, we want to foster growth mindsets in all of our students. We want them to overcome challenges, persevere through their struggles, and believe in themselves as they learn and grow each day. 

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Keep the (snow)ball rolling with learning on IXL during snow days

November 19, 2019

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In the Classroom
Keep the (snow)ball rolling with learning on IXL during snow days

Snow days come in two flavors: the expected big-storm-coming-your-way days and the unexpected-phone-call-at-5-am days. Whichever situation you find yourself in, every snow day means one less day in the classroom. The good news is, whether these days are expected or unexpected, you can use IXL to keep students learning even when they’re not in their desks.

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SAT prep: IXL’s Reading and Writing Skill Plans

November 15, 2019

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At Home, In the Classroom, For Admins
SAT prep: IXL’s Reading and Writing Skill Plans

Have you heard? A highly-anticipated test prep resource is now available on IXL: skill plans for the Reading section and Writing and Language section of the SAT! Along with our SAT skill plan for math, students can use these handy study aids to build confidence and go into this exam ready to excel.

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5 classroom community & motivation ideas

November 13, 2019

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In the Classroom, For Admins
5 classroom community & motivation ideas

Whether you have been using IXL for years, or only a couple of days, here are a few ways to get your entire class excited about practicing their skills on IXL!

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Need an easy fundraiser? Run an IXL Math-a-Thon!

A step-by-step guide

November 6, 2019

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In the Classroom, For Admins
Need an easy fundraiser? Run an IXL Math-a-Thon!

Are you a teacher who wants to generate some more classroom funds? Or an administrator who wants to find a meaningful fundraising idea? As educators, you probably don’t have a lot of extra time on your hands, but we’ve come up with something that’s fun and doesn’t require much planning or organizing: a Math-a-Thon!

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Answering the 4 critical PLC questions

With the help of IXL!

November 1, 2019

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For Admins
Answering the 4 critical PLC questions

If implemented properly, professional learning communities (PLCs) can be a game changer in supporting student growth. The key to a successful PLC is having meaningful data on student learning. The good news is, IXL provides you with the tools and insights that can help you address the four essential questions PLCs should focus on!

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Día de los Muertos: Free Lesson Plan for Grades 2-3

October 25, 2019

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In the Classroom
Día de los Muertos: Free Lesson Plan for Grades 2-3

Día de los Muertos is almost here and we’ve got the perfect way to celebrate: a free lesson plan for grades 2-3! These activities will help students expand their cultural knowledge and understand the history and traditions behind the holiday. Read on to get into the spirit of the season and download the lesson.

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