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Jun 22

June 22, 2012

External Goal Setting in IXL

External Goal Setting in IXL

Sometimes you just have to set up external rewards for students.  There are many people who don’t believe rewards should be given to students, they feel that a student should be intrinsically rewarded for their learning.  I agree that as students mature the intrinsic rewards of learning need to grow, but there are just times where a good external pizza party reward has a place. That’s what we all agreed on this past year, a party to celebrate our hard…

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Jun 20

June 20, 2012

The Big Switch in IXL for My Class

The Big Switch in IXL for My Class

This year I realized that my students still were not working up to their potential using IXL.  So, I decided to turn the program on it’s head and try something that would push my comfort level to it’s limits.  I turned the learning over to my students.  I made them absolutely responsible for their own outcomes, and acted as a “guide on the side”, rather than the “sage on the stage” (to use Alison King’s wonderful analogy). Using the clear…

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