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August 20, 2018 Jeff Hersh

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Back-To-School Tips: How to Multitask

Revving up for a new school year is essential for all teachers returning to work after a summer...

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August 16, 2018 Jeff Hersh

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Back-To-School Tips: Stress Management

The end of summer means it’s time to say goodbye to a lighter schedule, and hello to the busy...

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August 13, 2018 Jeff Hersh

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The Latest Trends in Teacher Professional Development

The mark of a high quality teacher is one who constantly challenges himself to learn and explore...

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August 9, 2018 Jeff Hersh

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Back To School Planning

After taking some time to relax and recharge, it’s time for teachers to start back to school...

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June 4, 2018

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Jeff Hersh

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Summer Packet Challenge: Using Technology to Keep Students Academically Fresh Over the Summer

The summer months can be an ideal time for students to socialize at camps, to discover new places on family vacations, and to take a well-deserved break playing outside, reading books for fun and seeing movies. Making sure students stay academically fresh doesn’t have to be a challenge. There...

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May 31, 2018

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Jeff Hersh

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Tips for Engaging Students in Summer Reading

Summer vacation for many students is a time for play, part-time jobs, summer camp, and family trips - all positive ways to spend the break from school. Summer can also mean a lack of structure, which for many students doesn’t translate to time focused on improving skills for the following school...

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May 30, 2018

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Scott Fischer

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Key Elements to User Account Maintenance

The summer break provides time for the teacher and administrator to conduct personal user account maintenance.  The following maintenance points can make your Castle Learning experience more enjoyable throughout the school year.  

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May 23, 2018

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Jeff Hersh

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Reflective Questions for Teachers at the End of the School Year

After the final bell rings and the students have left for the summer, teachers have a limited amount of time to close down their classrooms before they too must leave for summer break. This is a hectic time of the year, filled with returning materials, breaking down the classroom, and making...

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May 14, 2018

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Jeff Hersh

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Literature Passage: A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire is a landmark American play written by Tennessee Williams. It opened on stage in 1947. The play depicts a post-World War II New Orleans, exploring the changes in society in that time. America came out of the war with new optimism and would march towards many social...

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May 10, 2018

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Jeff Hersh

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Promoting Coping Skills In Youth

Students come to school to learn and excel in a variety of subject areas. These skills are foundational and needed to prepare them for future grade levels, college and the workforce. However, it’s also important for schools develop a safe space for students to learn how to cope emotionally....

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May 7, 2018

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Jeff Hersh

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How to Handle End-of-the School Year Stress for Teachers

Many people think the weeks leading up to the last day of school means teachers have a glorious summer break in their sights. The truth is, the end of the school year can actually be the most stressful for teachers. In addition to normal lessons and prep work, there are final grades to prepare,...

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May 1, 2018

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Jeff Hersh

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Preparing for Finals

Spring is here, which means students and teachers have their sights set on summer. Before the vacation can begin, there are finals. Final exams require students to show mastery on everything they learned this school year. It’s important to take the appropriate amount time to study, review and...

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April 26, 2018

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Jeff Hersh

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Managing Political Movements in Your Classroom

Politics is often a hot-button issue. The current state of affairs makes it feel extra divisive. Students come from homes with varying points of view, which offer differ from family to family. It’s up to the teacher to monitor conflicts that may arise, and to create a safe space where these...

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April 24, 2018

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Jeff Hersh

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Castle Learning Feature: DBQ and Source Writing Overview

The DBQ and Source Writing assessments allow students to read, synthesize and respond to direct historical text sources, documents and materials. Students can read the documents and excerpts and respond to prompts with in-depth responses to demonstrate mastery and critical thinking.

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