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March 20, 2019 Jeff Hersh

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The Emotional Benefits of Friendly Fridays

After a long week of learning, who can blame teachers and students for thinking about the...

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March 13, 2019 Jeff Hersh

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The Benefits of Credit Recovering Programs for Schools

Not all students succeed under the parameters set by schools and districts. There are many...

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March 11, 2019 Jeff Hersh

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Door Greeting Trends - Should You Hop on Board?

A teacher’s day is busy, there’s no question about it. A typical day is jam packed with prep,...

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March 9, 2019 Jeff Hersh

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Castle Learning’s New Features & Enhancements – March 2019

Castle Learning is excited to announce these updates to help teachers.

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February 12, 2019

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Fostering Leadership Skills in the Classroom

Creating new leaders starts in the classroom. Leadership skills may seem innate, but there are ways to cultivate leadership qualities in any student by employing specific strategies and skills. No matter the grade level, teachers can equip their students with leadership skills they will employ...

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February 5, 2019

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Teaching Hamlet with Castle Learning

William Shakespeare's plays may have been written over 400 years ago, but the themes, characters, and lessons found in the plays are still relevant today. Shakespeare tapped into the psychology of human beings and explored stories in both genres of Tragedy and Comedy. Hamlet is one of the most...

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February 1, 2019

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How Technology Can Help Critical Reading Skills

Reading is a fundamental skill needed in all subject areas and grade levels. Comprehension and synthesis of information shapes how successful students will be in their studies. Critical reading requires students to engage in the text at higher levels. They aren’t just absorbing information, but...

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January 30, 2019

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Teacher Tips: How to Manage Stress

Teachers know their careers require them to work hard well beyond the school day. There are conferences and communication with parents, lesson plans, grading, and professional development activities, just to name a few of the many after school responsibilities for teachers. It’s no wonder...

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January 29, 2019

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Top 5 District Challenges and How Castle Learning Can Help

Ask five school administrators across the country about the challenges facing their district and many will come up with similar concerns. Running a school district that meets the highest standards for students is no easy task. No matter where the district is geographically, the same five...

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January 22, 2019

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Teaching Othello with Castle Learning

William Shakespeare's plays may have been written over 400 years ago, but the themes, characters, and lessons found in the plays are still relevant today. Shakespeare tapped into the psychology of human beings and explored stories in both genres of Tragedy and Comedy. Othello is one of the most...

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January 18, 2019

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Change the Routine: How Critical Thinking Questions Can Improve Student Reflection

Teachers are always looking for new ways to challenge their students to engage their critical thinking skills. Critical thinking requires more than regurgitating facts. It requires students to analyze, reason, predict, communicate ideas, and problem solve. Students need these skills to build a...

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January 10, 2019

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Paper vs. Digital: The Classroom Debate

For many teachers and parents, memories of school include plenty of notebooks, paper, pens and pencils. Whether it was writing out answers to essay questions in booklets or filling out bubbles that required number 2 pencils, an essential part of learning included paper. As our world becomes more...

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January 9, 2019

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How to Differentiate Instruction for STEM

Teachers today know the need to adjust instruction to meet the needs of all types of learners, and not just create one level of expectations. This means they need to identify what the individual student’s baseline of knowledge and skills is, discover their learning methods, and create...

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December 31, 2018

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Regents Review Options for January

January Regents are right around the corner. Now is the perfect time to get ahead of preparing for the exams by assigning students practice assignments and assessments through Castle Learning.  Students can access review questions themselves or teachers can design specific assessments that...

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