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August 14, 2019 Jeff Hersh

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Summer Skills: Keeping Students Engaged in Summer Reading

Summer vacation for many students is a time for play, part-time jobs, summer camp, and family...

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August 12, 2019 Jeff Hersh

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Summer Teaching Skills Boot Camp: Stress Management for the New School Year

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

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July 30, 2019 Jeff Hersh

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Summer Teaching Skills Boot Camp: Multitasking

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

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July 23, 2019 Jeff Hersh

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School Back Up Plans For Online Test Day System Crashes

Online testing continues to become more common. This kind of testing not only allows students to...

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January 29, 2019

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Jeff Hersh

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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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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, 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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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 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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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 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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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, 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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Jeff Hersh

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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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December 28, 2018

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Scott Fischer

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Castle Learning’s Exciting New Features

Castle Learning is excited to announce three new features to help teachers.

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December 26, 2018

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Jeff Hersh

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Ways to Use Technology for District Developed Assessments

It’s becoming more essential for school districts to develop assessments that are standard for all their schools. Beyond state exams, data from benchmark tests allows districts to compare classes and students, as well as to identify which areas need to be developed more to reach expectations....

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December 10, 2018

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Jeff Hersh

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Do Report Cards Tell The Whole Story?

Report cards are traditionally known as the final word on a student’s performance. For many, the final grade printed on the report card represents the totality of the student’s success or lack thereof. However, the report card doesn’t always tell the full story of a student’s progress. It’s...

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December 5, 2018

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Jeff Hersh

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Using the Classroom to Help Others This Holiday Season

As the holidays approach, teachers everywhere know their students’ attention will be stretched with the anticipation of winter break. Even teachers themselves may be checking the calendar more often as they prepare for holiday celebrations of their own. This extra enthusiasm can be used by both...

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