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February 23, 2017 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...

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February 16, 2017 Jeff Hersh

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Ways to Make Classic Literature Work in the Social Media Age

Students have plenty of places to give their attention that doesn’t include their reading...

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February 14, 2017 Jeff Hersh

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How to Help Shy Students Make their Voices Heard

We all know that student, the one who sits in the back and never raises his/her hand and mumbles...

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February 9, 2017 Jeff Hersh

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Start The Day Off Right: The Best Morning Rituals For Teachers

The adage “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” is a reminder to not rush out the...

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November 21, 2016

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The Best Movies to Leave for Substitute Teachers

No one likes to hear it, but it does happen. Emergencies occur and even the most prepared high school teacher may have to suddenly miss a day of work.

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November 21, 2016

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4 Essay Writing Tips to Share with Your Students

Students are always looking to their teachers for help with writing.  And no matter the grade level, students are expected to excel in writing essays on the many levels of standardized tests.  

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November 18, 2016

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The English Teacher's Guide to Hooking Students Into Their Next Novel Unit

Momentum is important when it comes to teaching. It’s especially key in keeping students motivated in their studies. With so many distractions from friends, homelife, social media, sports, clubs and activities, students are constantly looking towards the next thing and are not necessarily...

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November 16, 2016

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The Benefits of Using Mobile Devices in the Classroom

Over the last decade, teachers have seen mobile devices become a part of students’ lives. Often, the struggle is to ensure that students put their devices away before class. However, the reality is these devices are here to stay, and that doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

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November 11, 2016

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How to Help a Student Struggling with Technology in the Classroom

We often think of our students as being ahead of us when it comes to technology. After all, many of us had to learn to embrace the fast changing technology through our lifetimes, while students today have grown up with many of these modern aspects their entire lives. It’s easy to forget that...

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November 9, 2016

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Frog and Toad: Why We Love These Stories

The Frog and Toad stories are some of our favorites here at Castle Learning! Many of our employees’ most early adventures in reading were thanks to these wonderful stories written by Arnold Lobel. Others also fondly recall teaching their children the joys of becoming engaged readers through...

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November 3, 2016

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4 Tips To Make Group Work Excel In Your Classroom

Group work is an essential skillset that all students need to learn, as it is a model that best develops the interpersonal work skills they’ll need in college and careers beyond. It’s a function of teamwork and learning to contribute equally, but as teachers we know that it doesn’t always work...

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November 1, 2016

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Jeff Hersh

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How to Organize a Teacher's After School Workload

Any teacher knows there is plenty of work to be done before and after the actual school day. Although gifted with a prep period, the many responsibilities often cannot be accomplished in that short period.

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October 27, 2016

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Top Tips for the Substitute Teacher

Substitute teaching is an essential part of the education career field. It’s an opportunity for new educators to develop classroom skills and network with schools and potential full time employers. It’s also a way for retired teachers to continue to use their wisdom and know-how.

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October 25, 2016

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Tips For Best Teaching Students with Dyslexia

Teachers know how crucial it is to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all types of learners. What’s even more crucial is when they identify why the student may be struggling, and how during this initial interaction it is crucial to point out the positives of the student’s work. This...

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