Mrs. Stowell (Dodge) and Ms. Mullen are the queens of the Castle! In searching for ways to engage kids in a Core Extension block, these teachers have ventured into the world of computer technology. Athena Middle School students have the opportunity to receive an extra period of math, science, social studies, or English instruction through Core Extension. Mrs. Stowell and Ms. Mullen have decided to dedicate part of this time for the Castle Learning computer software.
Stowell’s 6th grade students and Mullen’s 8th grade students came into the library where they immediately logged on to access Castle Learning. Each teacher co-taught the login process with Mr. Haines, the middle school library media specialist. Students were highly engaged and worked hard on finishing each problem. Many other Athena teachers have had positive experiences with Castle Learing including Mr. Smith, Mrs. Schreiber, Mr. Titus, Mr. Ingerick, Mrs. O’Brien, Mrs. Salamone, Mrs. Cannito, Mrs. Dionisio, and Mrs. Gross. Please let me know others!
According to http://CastleLearning.com, students are achieving higher levels on raw scores, growth scores and state testing. Teachers find Castle Learning Online helpful for supporting instruction and assessing students throughout the school year, making them more effective educators. Administrator access provides assessment reporting to assist in making decisions and meeting district, state and national objectives. Parents can mentor and be engaged on a regular basis in their child’s education.
Practical Strategy: Use a variety of computer technology, such as Castle Learning, in your math instruction. Seek out the help from a colleague or coach for implementing this in your classroom.