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November 14, 2018 Jeff Hersh

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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...

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November 8, 2018 Jeff Hersh

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Differentiated Instruction Strategies

Teachers today understand students’ needs vary. Each student comes to class with a different...

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November 2, 2018 Jeff Hersh

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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...

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October 29, 2018 Jeff Hersh

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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...

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May 7, 2018

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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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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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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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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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April 20, 2018

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Jeff Hersh

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Castle Learning Feature: Extended Reply Questions

Castle Learning offers many options for teachers to review, pre-test, and assess their students with an ever growing database of questions. These questions range in type and levels and include answers, hints, and reasons to help students learn as they go.

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April 19, 2018

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How to Prep for the New York Regents Exams

High school students in New York know that the arrival of Spring means it’s time to start preparing for their end of the year Regents exams. Regents exams are benchmarks in the major subject areas and are required for students to pass. Students can succeed on these exams by taking advantage of...

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April 12, 2018

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Jeff Hersh

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Importance of Improving Vocabulary Skills in a Student's Academic Achievement

Vocabulary skills are foundational requirements for students to reach high academic achievement. A strong vocabulary allows students to accurately express themselves and better understand concepts across all subject matters. The stronger a student’s vocabulary skills are, the more likely they...

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April 10, 2018

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Teaching 'Of Mice and Men' with Castle Learning

Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, is an American-classic novel examining friendship, alliances, and the struggles of migrant workers during the Great Depression. It was published in 1937. Lennie and George’s unlikely bond and friendship faces the challenges and hardships of realizing the...

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April 4, 2018

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Jeff Hersh

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How To Improve Your Math Skills

Math skills are essential for students of every age and learning level. Math is a core subject and teaches students practical skills as well as critical thinking and quantitative analysis skills. However, math classes can move fast to cover all the material, and it’s not uncommon for students to...

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March 30, 2018

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Jeff Hersh

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Introducing Time on Task Report

Online testing, assignments, and assessments are important tools for teachers to use with their students that take advantage of the technology students are using everyday. It promotes continued learning outside the classroom, and keeps students accountable for their progress. It allows teachers...

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