K-5 Curriculum Newsletter

January 2018

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Teachers as Learners and Students as Leaders

Kayla Delzer is a 2nd grade teacher and Project Lead the Way Lead Teacher in West Fargo, North Dakota. In August, she will begin her 8th year of teaching 2nd grade and her second year with West Fargo Public Schools (WFPS). Teaching is her true passion in life, and she enjoys her job and helping children to love learning and become creative problem solvers.

  1. Release the Power
  2. Embrace Purposeful Technology
  3. Don't Feed the Fears
  4. Champions of Digital Citizenship
  5. Make Global Connections
  6. Reinvent the Skills of Today
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Examples of Applying the SAMR Model can Help Teachers Understand and Embrace it

The SAMR Model for integrating technology into teaching, developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, has gained a good deal of exposure in recent years. “SAMR” is an acronym that stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition. The SAMR model provides a technique for moving through degrees of technology adoption to find more meaningful uses of technology in teaching and move away from simply using “tech for tech’s sake”.

Excerpt from: Emerging Tech


Tech Buddies: Building Technology Skills Through Peer Teaching

See the learning on both sides when fifth graders teach computer skills to first graders.



An Introduction to Twitter Education Chats

Having a network of other teachers to connect with is vitally important, and Twitter provides one way to develop that network. "Chatting" with colleagues can offer teachers advice, support, and new ideas. Twitter allows teachers to develop a PLN (professional learning network) with educators all over the state, nation, and even the world.

TOP 15 Educators to Follow On Twitter!

Teachers must be models of lifelong learning, but besides occasionally reading books and blogs, attending conferences, and collaborating with a handful of colleagues at school, how can we extend both the reach and frequency of our interactions with our fellow educators?

Twitter education chats (edchats) are the answer for an increasing number of teachers and administrators, who eagerly participate in these online sessions because doing so meets their professional growth needs as well as their desire to contribute to the education conversation. Building a strong and satisfying personal learning network (PLN) through edchats gives you your own professional support system and a reliable resource for the cutting edge in education—all in real time.

Once you become part of this global community of educators, you’ll find a sense of professional camaraderie that will help you through the tough times. Don’t underestimate what a small group of like-minded, enthusiastic educators can do for you and for each other, and thus for a great number of children.

Many of the most connected, compassionate, and creative educators regularly network on Twitter and congregate in chat sessions, where they generously share their passion, wisdom, and experience in nurturing and educating children.

Excerpt from: EduTopia




Dear Data Guy,

Will the assessments we give our students change in the future?

We have spent a lot of professional development and PLC time analyzing the NJSLS standards and preparing students to be college and career ready. We should continue the path toward helping our students master the standards, and continue to show their mastery regardless of the assessment they are offered by the state or our district.

Do you have a question for our Data Guy?

Click HERE to submit your question for Dear Data Guy to answer next month!


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How HyperDocs Can Transform Your Teaching - A HyperDoc is a digital document—such as a Google Doc—where all components of a learning cycle have been pulled together.

Click the links to learn more:

Additional Resources:

How is Tech Changing the Role of the Teacher?

Google for Educators: The Best Features for Busy Teachers


Virtual Fieldtrips

Take your students beyond the classroom walls and into some of the world's most iconic locations for rich and immersive learning experiences — no permission slips required. Tour the National Archives, NASA, or see how an egg farm works!

Every Kid in a Park was created so 4th graders and their families could discover wildlife, resources, and history for free.


Once you print your passes, you can then plan your trip.


Getting Your Students to be Real Problem Solvers

Technology is helpful in the classroom, but have you thought about having your students create their own? Engineering is developing technology; and technology is simply anything designed to solve a problem. One major change in the science standards is having students solve real-world problems; problems discussed during a unit or ones they see in their own neighborhoods. Engineering involves ALL content areas: ELA skills to communicate issues and solutions; social studies skills to research ways the problem has been addressed in the past; all of the STEAM subjects; and the ability to collaborate and work with one another. And don’t think this needs to be “high tech” either--you don’t need mechanical skills or computer programming ability to get your students thinking like engineers. Teachengineering.org has wonderful activities for grades 3-5 for students to explore problem solving, giving them the tools to apply to other issues. Present students a problem and some tools, and they will come up with creative and innovative solutions. The key is to give them the opportunities to put their learning to use!


(Danielson Connections will provide specific strategies related to the Danielson Framework.)

Strategies for developing your practice:


  • 2a - Collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation.
  • 2b - Develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital age communication and collaboration tools.
  • 2c - Advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources.
  • 2d - Promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information.
  • 2e - Develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress.


  • 3a - Communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital age media and formats.
  • 3b - Model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning.
  • 3c - Engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources.
  • 3d - Provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching.
  • 3e - Customize and personalize learning activities to address students’ diverse learning styles,working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources.


The DEAC recently asked instructional staff to complete an Educator Effectiveness Survey. You may be asking.....why?

Even though most instructional staff have an understanding of the Danielson Framework, our goal is to identify specific components (within each domain) that need additional support. Once the survey is complete, we will share the results with your ScIP Members. This committee (along with the building leadership) will determine the best way to provide instructional staff with additional support and/or resources.

Our goal is simple; we want to provide you with additional "tools" to be successful in your classroom practice.

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Hamilton Township School District

Department of Curriculum & Instruction

Alejandro Battle
Supervisor of K - 12 World Language
Health and Physical Education

Kevin Bobetich
Testing Evaluation Specialist and Data Systems

Mayreni Fermin-Cannon
Supervisor of ESL/Bilingual K - 12, Family Engagement, Title I Preschool, Title III, Title III-Immigrant

Heather Lieberman
Supervisor of K - 5 English / Language Arts Literacy
Library and Media Services K - 12, ALPS, BSI, Title I & II

Jennifer Marinello
Supervisor of K - 5 Mathematics & K - 5 Technology (STEM)
BSI, Title I & Title II

Kirsten Pendleton
Supervisor of K - 12, Science, and 6 - 12 Technology (STEM)

Anthony Scotto

Director of Curriculum & Instruction

Erick Shio
Supervisor of K - 12 Social Studies, Business,
Family and Consumer Science

Danielle Tan
Supervisor of K - 12 Visual and Performing Arts