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Distance Learning with ThinkCERCA

Curated COVID-19 resources and tools to help you leverage ThinkCERCA for remote learning.

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    COVID-19 Lessons

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    Activities for Reinforcing the CERCA Framework

    Activities for practicing the CERCA framework and engaging students in higher order thinking.

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    COVID-19 Lesson: Why We Distance (Grades 3-12)

    Help your students think critically about COVID-19 using the CERCA framework and this lesson. 

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    COVID-19 Lesson: Narrative Writing (Grades 3-12)

    Guide students through creative writing as they think critically about COVID-19. 

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    COVID-19 Lesson: Public Service Announcement (Grades 3-12)

    Students will think critically about COVID-19 as they develop their public service announcement. 

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    COVID-19 Lesson: The Science of a Virus (Grades 3-8)

    Students will think critically about the science of coronavirus and how it makes us sick. 

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    COVID-19 Lesson: Should We Open? (Grades 3-8)

    Students will read, write, and think about what should be open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    COVID-19 Lesson: Ethical Dilemmas (Grades 6-12)

    Students will consider tough questions through the lens of the CERCA framework.

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    COVID-19 Lesson: Mental Health (Grades 3-12)

    Students will focus on ways we can all stay healthy and helpful during this difficult time.

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    Videos & Resources for Students and Families

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    Video: Why ThinkCERCA?

    Watch a 1 minute video about ThinkCERCA and why schools and districts partner.

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    Video: CERCA Framework

    In this 20 minute overview, you will learn about the CERCA framework. 

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    Videos: Summarizing + CERCA

    Over six 10 minute videos, you will learn each of the components of the CERCA framework.

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    Video: Getting Students Started

    In this 5 minute video, you will learn how to get started on ThinkCERCA's literacy platform. 

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    Video: How to Build a CERCA

    In this 6 minute video, you will learn how to build an argument using the CERCA framework. 

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    Writing Lesson Instructions

    Watch this video to learn how to complete the Writing Lesson (30 min; break it up by chapter). 

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    Completing a Writing Lesson & Viewing Teacher Feedback

    View step-by-step instructions for completing a Writing Lesson and viewing teacher feedback. 

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    Remote Learning Guide for Families and Caregivers

    View this guide to support ThinkCERCA implementation and remote learning strategies. 

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    Teacher Videos

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    Recorded Lesson: Introducing Students to Remote Instruction

    Watch an example of how you can introduce your students to remote learning.

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    Recorded Lesson: Instructions for Completing a Writing Lesson

    Watch an example of how you can share Writing Lesson instructions with your students. 

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    Virtual Class Example (5 min. video)

    Watch one of our online teachers implement a live, virtual ThinkCERCA class via Zoom.

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    Full Virtual Class (90 min. video)

    Watch one of our teachers teach a full 90 minute online ThinkCERCA class taught using Zoom.

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    Implementation

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    Getting Started with ThinkCERCA for Remote Learning

    New to ThinkCERCA? Download our implementation checklist for launching ThinkCERCA for remote learning. 

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    Remote Learning Schedule: Without Video Conferencing

    View our suggested schedule of lessons and activities for schools that have access to technology but not live video conferencing tools.

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    Virtual Student Engagement Activities

    View instructions for virtual student engagement activities that you can implement during each step of the Writing Lesson. 

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    Taking ThinkCERCA Offline: Implementation Ideas

    Discover ideas and strategies for using ThinkCERCA with limited Internet access during COVID-19 closures.

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    Remote Learning Lesson Plans: With Video Conferencing

    View a suggested schedule and detailed lesson plans for schools that can leverage live video conferencing tools.

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    Generic Remote Lesson Plan with Video Conferencing

    View step-by-step instructions for teaching a Writing Lesson virtually with video conferencing tools such as Zoom or Google Hangouts.

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    General Resources

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    Webinar: Critical Thinking in the Time of COVID-19

    Learn tips on how to activate students’ critical thinking skills during the coronavirus outbreak.

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    Webinar: 90 Minute Remote Learning Initial Training

    Learn how to effectively implement ThinkCERCA for remote learning.

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    Webinar: ThinkCERCA for Remote Learning

    Learn tips and strategies for leveraging ThinkCERCA for virtual learning. 

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    9 Remote Learning Resources & Ideas

    Review effective strategies for keeping remote learning engaging and rigorous. 

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    What Our Online Teachers Have to Say About Remote Learning

    Our online teachers share best practices for using ThinkCERCA in a live, online setting.

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