Ditch the Dinosaur 

Since the onset of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), much of the focus in reading has shifted to informational texts. Close reading has become essential for all assignments, and many teachers have turned claim-based essays, for each piece of reading, into formative assessments. ThinkCERCA, a personalized literacy platform, has provided an avenue for these […]


The Magic Bullet

The Magic Bullet NCTE 09.02.17 TEACHING This post is written by member Christopher Margolin. Prior to the first bell on the first day of my teaching career, I was given a few words of advice from a veteran colleague: Find the biggest, meanest kid in the classroom Ask him to stand up Embarrass him in whatever way […]