Curriculum Connections

November 2015

Linking to Teacher Resources

The 2015-2016 school year is now in full swing and we hope everyone is off to a great start. Enjoy the resources we have included in the MVESC November Curriculum Connections. If you have any ideas you would like to see in future issues, connect with us below.

Are You Looking For Free Multimedia Resources?

Are you looking for free resources to provide blended learning experiences for students? Check out these free multimedia resources for teaching and learning with technology on the Classroom Aid, Connecting the Dots of Digital Learning website.

Resources for Understanding PARCC Test Results

Looking for resources to help you and your parents understand the spring 2015 PARCC test results?


1. Report guide, videos and academic tips for parents on the PARCC website (Understanding Your Child’s Test Results) and

2. Resources for administrators and teachers (Resources for 2014-2015 Ohio's State Test Results) on the Ohio Department of Education.

Career Connections

Are you looking for resources to support students in career awareness and exploration?

Help your elementary students learn more about themselves and the world of work at

Help middle school students explore career clusters at

Student Video Conference of the Month

Spending Time with Mrs. Claus!

Do you need a holiday themed lesson to address the Common Core Standards in Mathematics? The interactive video conference…Spending Time with Mrs Claus will address those needs and keep your students talking for days to come. This is one of our most popular December lessons. Spaces are limited and scheduled on a first come first serve basis.

Click Here for dates, times and connection details.

College Talk: Improving Students' Vocabulary

Do you make vocabulary a natural part of your classroom instruction? How do you think the students will respond over time? Watch this short video on implementing high-level conversation as part of your classroom’s daily routine.

Depth of Knowledge

For those of us who cut our teeth on Bloom’s Taxonomy, Norman Webb’s Depth of Knowledge is very similar. They both have levels. Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) only has four levels, and they align with Bloom’s Taxonomy. The difference is the DOK refers to how deeply students are thinking about the content. The choice of the right verb isn’t the key to having your students think on those higher levels.

Here are the four levels of cognitive demands Norman Webb identified: DOK Levels

New! Cognitive Rigor Matrices from Karin Hess

Dr. Karin Hess has superimposed the Levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy with Webb’s Depth of Knowledge to assist teachers in applying rigor and deeper learning in the classroom. Hess’ Cognitive Rigor Matrices (CRMs) are used by educators across the country. Teachers are designing test items and performance tasks with the support of the CRM. Check out Dr. Hess’ latest CRMs!

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Do you have a questions for us? call:
Curriculum Director:
Cathy Morgan - (740) 452-4518 ext.111

Curriculum Consultant
Cindy Miller-(740) 452-4518 ext. 179

Gifted Coordinator:
Susan Larson - (740) 452-4518 ext. 109

Distance Learning Coordinator:
Leslie Charles (740) 452-4518 ext. 133