Curriculum Connections

October 2016

Enjoy the October 2016 Educator Resources from the Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Department!

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Real Life Math - Stuff you students will love to learn!

STEM is an interactive way to teach middle school math concepts. It's organized into four math topics making connections to real life adventures. The innovative explorations include virtual environments, simulations, videos and interactive math activity challenges to involve students in the learning. Additional resources are listed for other grade levels.
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Ohio Report Card Resources

Check out these Ohio Department of Education resources to better understand the 2016 Ohio Report Card components.

Report Card Resources


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Strategies for Addressing Mindsets from Edutopia

· Harnessing the Power of Productive Struggle: Learn how to create opportunities for students to have productive experiences with struggle. (Edutopia, 2016)

· Encouraging Students to Persist Through Challenges: Watch a video from a second grade classroom, and notice the targeted strategies used by the teacher to normalize struggle within the learning process and encourage students to reflect on their thinking processes. (Teaching Channel, 2015)

· Growth Mindset: A Driving Philosophy, Not Just a Tool: Explore five growth-mindset practices that can help educators and schools pursue a growth orientation. (Edutopia, 2014)

· The Biggest Lie Students Tell Me (and How to Turn It Around): Try four strategies to help shape the discussion in response to a student who says, "I can’t do this." (Edutopia, 2013)

· Positive Brains are Smarter Brains: Discover how students can exert control over influences on their emotional outlook in order to take a more positive approach to learning. (Edutopia, 2015)

· The Mindset Kit: Take a free online course to learn more about learning mindsets and activities and strategies to help students develop them. (Stanford University's PERTS)

· Growing Your Mind: Share a video with students to help them understand how struggle can help grow the brain. (Khan Academy, 2014)