THE ACTIVITY

After assigning students lessons from ThinkCERCA—based on curriculum theme and student assessment levels—students work together in small, differentiated groups to discuss evidence from the text. This allows Ms. Spyratos and Ms. Panos to personalize instruction while maintaining discussion and collaboration among the class.

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WHAT WE LEARNED

Key Takeaways

  • The teachers and administrators at Garvy J. Elementary were intentional about rolling a plan for ThinkCERCA into the curriculum, and it’s paid off. Both Ms. Spyratos and Ms. Panos are able to manage their time and resources to effectively meet the needs of diverse learners.
  • Keeping up with and incorporating current and ongoing assessment data is crucial for implementing ThinkCERCA’s data-driven instruction.
  • Because students use the CERCA framework across disciplines and grades, they are more articulate about the texts they read and the arguments they craft.

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