Alan SpieldennerUS History & Government Teacher Corinth Central School District
Thanks to the Castle Learning team, I have recently discovered that some of the recent US History & Government Thematic Essays and DBQ Essays have suggestions and guidelines that go past the simple hints and checklists provided for some of the older essays. These helpful tips provide suggestions, outlines and even sample writing that I can use with my student to help in guiding him/her toward a successful Regents Exam experience.
I look at myself and my student as a team with a common goal of doing well on the NYS Regents in US History & Government. We use Castle Learning as a tool to help us work toward that common goal. To that end, the guidelines and suggestions help us visualize what a good essay should look like and how it should "sound." I "assign" both Thematic Essays and DBQs not as a method of grading, but so that we can work together to prepare good and adequate essays.
The help provided by Castle Learning includes suggested wording for opening, body and concluding paragraphs; guidelines on
Lisa BlankLyme Central School Chaumont, NY
I have appreciated the effort you have gone through to provide clear, concise explanations of how to solve those problems that students complete incorrectly. I like the inclusion of the screen shots from the graphing calculator. I have also found the detailed reporting on individual students to be very helpful. I have used those reports to set up individualized assignments quickly and easily to meet the needs of students preparing to retake a state assessment.
Castle Learning has been a wonderful classroom tool for me and my students. I encourage others to use this tool frequently.
Kathy ThomisMcCracken County Schools
Scott WetmoreUnatego Jr/Sr HS
Danielle AbrialElementary AIS Teacher South Lewis Central School District
Melissa TrippSouth Lewis Central School District
J. DumaSweet Home CSD
Karen MizziSmithtown CSD
Dave KozlowskiGeneseo MS-HS
Kathy SnyderHilton Central School District
Deborah GrosserGlen Cove Public Schools
Mark LashwayKingston City High School
Dr. John H. Miller IIWalter Panas High School
Castle Learning is an incredible academic tool and one of the most useful if not the most useful I’ve ever seen.
Tom RussoHewlett High School
Will CaranoChemistry Teacher Putnam Valley High School
Vishwanand JewramManhattan Hunter Science High School
I am a Chemistry Teacher at Manhattan Hunter Science High School. Castle Learning has had a positive impact on me and on my students. In particular, it has contributed to my students’ success with an increase of 30% in the passing rate on the Regents examination over the two-year period that I have been using this product. In addition to the advantages of immediate feedback, authentic exam questions, and an on-going review tool, students who have finished the course are promoting the use of Castle Learning to students that I am currently teaching.
Robert GilsinanBarker High School
In addition to teaching at the high school, once a semester I am invited to discuss technology to a social studies methods class for undergraduates and graduate students at Buffalo State College. When I talk about the changes in education, I explain what a help Castle Learning is to Academic Intervention Services, now mandated by the state. I teach several classes of AIS. Castle Learning allows me to have students in social studies 9, 10 and 11 all reviewing at the same time. I don’t have to put one group on "hold" while I work with the other. All my 11th grade students also use Castle Learning. Having the program on the Internet is a big plus. Many of our students have access at home. Students who don’t have time in school to review can do so at home.
Peter BaccileEarth Science teacher Horseheads HS
Elizabeth SiriotisBronx Leadership Academy
Jane P. FennLibrarian Corning-Painted Post West High School
Thanks for your help! As the school librarian, I have been a BIG Castle Learning advocate. I have seen how well it can be used by teachers to prepare their students, and I have seen students get some excellent practice using it. I also love the chance Castle Learning gives me personally to work directly with math and science teachers and classes whom I don’t often see in the library lab, and that increased traffic has led and will continue to lead to some additional chances to integrate math and science with library resources in other ways.
Anita CrottyLeonardo daVinci High School
It’s review time (or as I like to call it–making connections time) for the NYS Regents’ exam in Living Environment. Castle Learning is an excellent resource for my students and I love it. I’ve used it during the year as well… Keep up the good work, I really love this resource for me and for my students.
Kristen TeeftSpecial Educator Ormsby Center Erie 2 CC BOCES
I am a Special Education Teacher currently teaching 9-10th grade Global Studies. I just wanted to say that I really have enjoyed using Castle Learning in the classroom this year. I started using Castle Learning last year and have made it a part of my curriculum this year. Each student in my classes is responsible for answering a specific number of questions on the units being studied during the semester.
I like that the students are getting access to Regents questions and vocabulary. I also use Castle Learning to create multiple choice questions for Chapter and Unit Tests. The students seem to respond well to the questions and get a flavor of what they will be seeing when they challenge the exam.
Robbin CarltonProject Learn Extended Day School Davidson County, NC
I want to say thank you for all your hard work and dedication in the creation, implementation and maintenance of this wonderful technology-based tool. I work in an Alternative Education program, and my students like the delivery method and the ways in which I incorporate lessons into my own classroom. Thank you for your extremely prompt response to my concerns.
Dr. Larry VolkMath and Science Teacher Hoggard High School Wilmington, NC
It was time to expand my bag of tricks, so I tried the Castle Learning web site with my geometry classes. The results were so significant that my physics and advanced physics classes are using it this semester…My geometry classes improved their scores about 20%.
David RobisonEarth Science Teacher and NHS Advisor Wilson High School
Arlene CaseMath Teacher John C. Birdlebough High School Phoenix Central School District
Gary LambertEducational Technology Coordinator Beekkmantown Central School District
As an IT administrator for the last 15 years it is heartening to know that companies like Castle Learning exist. This is not only because of their rich and constantly evolving content, but also for the stellar support that they provide to our users and our district. A perfect example of this was when our district inquired whether Castle Learning would consider exploring a means of logging on users via an individual district¹s network accounts. As someone responsible for numerous systems in our district I understand the significant work load of maintaining them. While the prospect of adding this feature presented logistical and programming challenges for Castle Learning’s team, they recognized the long term benefits would be great for districts and decided to implement it on our behalf. When you find a company that acts more like a partner than a vendor, that’s a relationship worth holding on to. Thank you Castle Learning for being that partner for us.
Beth RoemerAdministrator for Educational Programs, Literacy, and Staff Development Island Trees Middle School
William S. LockeSuperintendent of Schools Arkport Central School
Most of our students use the program on their personal computers to reinforce skills. We have received many favorable comments from parents who have observed their children using the program at home. The parents are very pleased that we have given the students the opportunity to do this kind of work at home when time is flexible.
Frank MovalliPrincipal Lockport High School
I’d like to take a moment to thank you for your help with the staff development of Castle Learning. I believe Castle Learning played a significant role in our students performing so well on their Regents exams. As a result of their success, our school was named as a High Performing School by the NYS Board of Regents.
Only one of 76 High Schools named in NYS. Thanks for your continued support.
Daniel JohnsonPrincipal Wilson High School
Susan KreismanPrincipal Manhattan Hunter Science High School
Gina CappielloDirector of Curriculum and Professional Development Nyack Public Schools
Anchen SchulzSeton Catholic Central High School
Thank you again for the wonderful resource and customer service that you provide! Our student success rate on the Regents’ Exams and the AP exams is something we are very proud of — and Castle Learning is an integral part of our students’ academic lives here at Seton Catholic Central.
Amy E. PageSouthampton High School
Thank you for the wonderful site that really helped my chemistry students do better this year than last. I was more familiar with the program and found it easier to incorporate into year end reviews. Thanks again!
Adele FieldingMyers Park HS, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Alvin E. (Buddy) Milliken, Jr.Parent Shallotte, NC
I am writing to convey to you how valuable Castle Learning has been in the academic improvement of my son, who has just finished his 9th grade year at Hoggard High School in Wilmington, N.C. He has made tremendous improvement this year in science and math while utilizing Castle Learning under the guidance and encouragement of Hoggard staff. Castle Learning allowed him the flexibility to work on skills away from the formality of the school day and to work at his own pace. I am proud of my son’s advancement this year in developing his academic skills with the assistance of his Hoggard mentors and your software, but most importantly, someone I love deeply gained confidence in his own ability to learn and achieve. That cannot be measured in GPA or letter grades, but as Einstein said, not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that is counted, counts. You are doing good, important work. I wanted to let you know.
G.S.Student Brighton HS
Thank you for providing such a powerful tool for my studying. I’m a 10th grade student and I recently created a practice Chemistry quiz in preparation for my midterm. Your questions have been indispensable in studying for tests. After teachers have given out all practice problems and worksheets, I can make these tests that always shock me with their complete correspondence to in class lessons. Thanks again for helping me reach so many great high school test grades.
AnonymousMath Teacher Bronx Leadership Academy
Paul & Deborah MeissnerParents Newburgh, NY
Thank you very much for your help with accessing our son’s account so that he can keep up with his studies over the summer. We took some sample tests ourselves to familiarize ourselves with your site and were very impressed! The hint and reasons for the answers are great tools. This is one of the best educational sites we have been on. Our son also is impressed with your site and appreciates its student friendliness.
Kathy FinnertyCurriculum Specialist Oswego County BOCES
My daughter attends Paul V. Moore HS in Central Square. She loves the review questions on Castle Learning. She has found Castle Learning a very valuable study tool. She uses the site frequently to review for tests, beginning with the easy questions and working up to the more difficult questions. She feels that often the questions she has on tests parallel questions she sees on Castle Learning. She is one of the top students in her class and she attributes some of her success to studying using Castle Learning.
Patti SullivanLearning Through Technology Coordinator Hilton CSD Hilton, New York
Jacques (Jack) MonicaDirector of Information Systems Central Square School District
This is awesome! We’re amazed at how many students are on-line before school and over the weekend.
Robert RingerDirector of Technology Naples High School
Daniel StoneTechnology Coordinator Addison High School
Castle Learning has been very beneficial for our students. Not only has it fit into our AIS program and classrooms, the students are also using it in the convenience of their own homes after school hours.
Edina FitzpatrickInstructional Technology Coordinator The Norman Howard School Rochester, NY
Our teachers and students have been using Castle Learning since 2002. Each year brings more positive changes to the web site, and more eager teachers/students take advantage of this convenient and effective learning tool. All of our students have learning difficulties to overcome, and many have found Castle Learning a welcome relief from the typical frustration of group review. Those who need additional reading support or auditory feedback use a text-to-speech program to interact with the web site and have full control over the pace of the review. Keep up the great work & we’ll keep making excellent use of this invaluable resource.
Joan SemrauComputer Support Specialist Brighton Central School District
It’s really great to finally find something that works this well! Technically, Castle Learning is one of the best programs I’ve ever worked with… I have worked with teachers setting up class lists and creating assignments; this too works remarkably well. Technical support from Castle Learning is terrific; they respond immediately to e-mails, yet most of the information I need is in their well written user guides.