Teacher Review For ThinkCERCA

Effective for intervention within a Common Core curriculum

Susanna L.
Classroom teacher
Hawthorne Elementary Scholastic Academy
Chicago, IL
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use ThinkCERCA to support learners who are struggling with understanding informational texts and writing effective arguments. Unlike other interventions I'm familiar with, this one does not compromise on text complexity or true argumentation, but uses templates and step-by-step procedures to guide students through the process of reading a text analytically and supporting a claim with reasoning and text-based evidence. While students work independently and at their own pace, the rubric/comment function encourages efficient teacher-student conferences when students have submitted their product. Arguments can be sent back for further revision (and conferring) after this conference, which pushes students to do better.
My Take
While I found ThinkCERCA worked well for intervention, I wish there were second chances on the multiple choice comprehension check as well as on the written argument. This change would help my students be more thoughtful about their selected responses.