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Classroom Decor Ideas Anyone Can Do

August 16, 2017

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In the Classroom
Classroom Decor Ideas Anyone Can Do

If you’re yearning for a Pinterest-worthy classroom but aren’t sure if you have the time, budget, or artsy experience to make it a reality, never fear. There are plenty of quick and easy ways to add character to your classroom and give your school year a colorful start.

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4 Teacher Tips for the First Day of School

August 11, 2017

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In the Classroom
4 Teacher Tips for the First Day of School

The first day of school countdown is already on. Once you’ve decorated the classroom, worked on lesson plans, and gathered all of your room supplies, it’s time to shift gears and think about how you can get yourself into the back to school mindset. Here are several ways you can feel confident going into the first day of school:

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A High School Student’s Tips to Prepare for a Successful School Year

August 9, 2017

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At Home
A High School Student's Tips to Prepare for a Successful School Year

Mikaela S., a rising 10th grader, is taking over the blog today to share her hard-earned insight on how students can best prepare for the upcoming school year. The first week of school is both one of the most exciting and nerve-wracking times of the year. Figuring out classes, making friends, and adjusting to a new environment all happen during the first few weeks of the school year, but you can set yourself up for success with these tips to start the year off right.

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End of Summer Self-Care for Teachers

July 27, 2017

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In the Classroom
End of Summer Self-Care for Teachers

August is quickly approaching, which means that many teachers have back-to-school prep on the brain. And while it’s a good idea to get ready for the coming school year, it’s also important to take time for a bit of pre-school self-care. To help you cultivate the right emotional and mental mindset, we’ve gathered up a list of ideas that will help you indulge, reflect, and relax—so you can make this the best year yet.

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How to Motivate Your Students with IXL

Back-to-school blog series #7

September 9, 2016

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In the Classroom
How to Motivate Your Students with IXL

Ah, the new school year, a time of fresh starts and classrooms full of energy. Kids are eager to learn and motivated to start the year off strong. But what happens a few months in when some of that momentum wanes? We’ve gathered up some strategies for how you can use IXL to keep students’ enthusiasm and natural curiosity strong all year long.

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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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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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