Teacher Review for ThinkCERCA

Think CERCA: Effective Instruction thru Engaging Texts and Reliable Assessments in Remote or In-Person Learning!

john n.
Classroom teacher
Nettelhorst Elementary School
Chicago, United States
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My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have found positive results when integrated within a context of oracy, writing workshop and differentiation. I have used the product for progress monitoring and providing scaffolds for resistant / struggling writers (TC helps "chunk" the writing process, if needed). Additionally, prior to teaching a few argument writing units during the previous school year, I asked students: What's the color of argument? Most responses were "red" to represent anger. After engaging students in the argument writing lessons, I asked the question again. Most responded that argument is "green." After working with Think CERCA, their responses used words like, learn, grow, & change. TC provides a quality dive into argument for middle school students.
My Take
I have found their materials to be very standards aligned and relevant and accessible. My students engage in writing workshop regularly and students liked the structure of the lessons which made embedding text in their writing more effective. Students annotated texts and their notes were organized and focused. Students enjoyed debating various sides of an article. Having a text set with opposing viewpoints already vetted made teacher planning more effective. The assessment component provides diagnostics features, formative check-ins & authentic writing with supports to scaffold instruction. Students engaged with TC throughout this last year. When the schools closed in March, TC was a consistent platform that allowed for seamless feedback to their reading and writing. Think CERCA is rooted in solid writing best practices in a way that promotes student growth in reading and writing. Think CRERCA has been a staple in my classroom for several years now and continues to contribute to my students' growth as readers and writers.