August 2016

4 Ways to Build Relationships with Your Students’ Parents

Back-to-school blog series #6

August 31, 2016

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In the Classroom
4 Ways to Build Relationships with Your Students’ Parents

The start of a new school year is a great time to begin building positive partnerships with your students’ parents. To kick off those parent-teacher connections, check out these easy getting-to-know-you ideas and communication tips.

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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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Entertaining Icebreakers for the First Day of School

Back-to-school blog series #4

August 23, 2016

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In the Classroom
Entertaining Icebreakers for the First Day of School

First-day-of-school icebreakers can do triple duty for your classroom: They ease kids into a new environment, establish a sense of community, and allow students to get to know their new peers and new teacher. If you’re looking for some fun ways to break the ice with your students this year, check out the ideas below!

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IXL Study in the Sun Contest 2016: Leaderboard Update #3

There’s less than 2 weeks left in the contest!

August 19, 2016

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At Home
IXL Study in the Sun Contest 2016: Leaderboard Update #3

We’re in the homestretch for the Study in the Sun usage contest. The contest ends August 31, leaving just over a week to make it into the top 3 and win an iPad Mini 4! To give you the motivation to finish strong, here’s the current leaderboard rankings.

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How to Help Your Child Transition into a New School Year

August 18, 2016

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At Home
How to Help Your Child Transition into a New School Year

Adjusting to change can be hard, especially for kids who are entering a new school level. That’s why we’ve gathered some age-appropriate strategies to ace school transitions and gear up for a fresh year of learning.

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Key Tech Questions to Ask at the Start of the School Year

Back-to-school blog series #3

August 17, 2016

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In the Classroom, For Admins
Key Tech Questions to Ask at the Start of the School Year

The addition of edtech tools to classrooms is bringing about a new age of learning, but that doesn’t eliminate the need for careful consideration of how best to add new technology to your school. So as you implement new technology this year, here are a few questions to think about.

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Lesson Planning Inspiration: Part 1

Back-to-school blog series #2

August 15, 2016

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In the Classroom
Lesson Planning Inspiration: Part 1

Back to school is back in full force! It’s both overwhelming and exciting to start a new school year as you meet new students and plan out the year ahead. That’s why we’ve pulled lots of inspiration and ideas for new lesson plans to help you start the year on the right foot!

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How to Design Your Classroom for the New School Year

Back-to-school blog series #1

August 11, 2016

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In the Classroom
How to Design Your Classroom for the New School Year

Among the 1,001 things to think about during the back-to-school flurry is how you’ll set up your classroom. From seating to lights to decor, these ideas will help you foster a space for learning and curiosity.

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IXL Releases 100 Brand New Skills Across All Subjects!

Just in time for some summer practice.

August 2, 2016

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At Home, In the Classroom, For Admins
IXL Releases 100 Brand New Skills Across All Subjects!

We’re here to help students continue learning all summer long, and now there’s a hundred new ways they can do so! We’ve just added 100 brand new skills to IXL in language arts, science, social studies, and math. Go to IXL.com to try them out or keep reading for more details.

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