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January 22, 2019 Jeff Hersh

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Teaching Othello with Castle Learning

William Shakespeare's plays may have been written over 400 years ago, but the themes,...

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January 18, 2019 Jeff Hersh

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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...

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January 10, 2019 Jeff Hersh

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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...

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January 9, 2019 Jeff Hersh

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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,...

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November 29, 2018

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Jeff Hersh

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The Importance of Art in Schools

Art in schools is important because it helps develop students in ways beyond numbers and facts. There is so much to be gained from students engaging in fine arts, visual arts, performance and music. Here are examples of how art in schools creates a stronger academically focused student.

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November 14, 2018

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How Mistakes Help Students Learn

When a student responds to a question or assignment, the teacher then looks at the response to determine if the answer is right or wrong. What seems like a simple process is actually more complicated because the teacher must think about how and why the student came to their answer.

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November 8, 2018

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Differentiated Instruction Strategies

Teachers today understand students’ needs vary. Each student comes to class with a different level of engagement, personality and learning abilities. The key is to identify the various avenues of success that can be implemented in each lesson, allowing all the different types of students to...

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November 2, 2018

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Teaching The Crucible with Castle Learning

The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is a stage play that originally premiered in 1953. It dramatizes a partial fiction version of the real-life witch trials that occurred in Massachusetts in the years 1692 and 1693. How does a play from over 65 years ago, about an event over 300 years ago, still...

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October 29, 2018

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Midterm Elections: Encouraging Students to Participate in Democracy

The Midterm Elections have stirred up a lot of interest and debate in the media. Politics has twenty-four-hour coverage in papers, television news, podcasts, and on social media. While most students won’t be able to vote until after they graduate high school, it doesn’t mean they should be shut...

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October 25, 2018

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Keeping Your Passion for Teaching Alive

Teaching is one of the most rewarding careers. Teachers are on the front lines of changing children’s lives for the better. They work towards these goals every single day. Truthfully, burnout and stress can be part of the ups and downs of a career in education. If you have found yourself in one...

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October 15, 2018

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Creating Multicultural Social-Economic Environments with Castle Learning

The educational landscape is ever evolving. As technology changes, so does its impact on the classroom. The same can be said about evolving multicultural expectations. Developing educational content that understands the importance of this evolution is crucial to improving all students’ chances...

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October 11, 2018

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Jeff Hersh

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How to Help your Students Cope with Lock Down Drills

Schools are often targets for violence. Images and sound bites on the news continue to hit close to home for all teachers, students, and parents. Lock down drills have become as traditional as fire drills. Many students find lock down drills upsetting, as they are forced to reckon with the idea...

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October 9, 2018

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Jeff Hersh

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Rethinking Homework

It’s not clear who was the first teacher to assign homework, but certainly generations of school children wish they hadn’t! Student complaints aside, homework has been a crucial piece of the education puzzle for decades.

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October 1, 2018

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Jeff Hersh

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How to Encourage Student Attendance

Encouraging students to do their best in school starts with the most important thing they can do - attend school. Students who attend school regularly bolster their potential in the classroom as well as self-confidence. When students aren’t attending, however, the opposite is true. It’s up to...

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