Curriculum Connections

January 2015

Linking to Teacher Resources

Happy New Year! The Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Department of the Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center wish you a Happy 2015!! We hope you enjoy the resources we have selected for the month of January!

Student Video Conference Spotlight

Follow your Dreams! (Martin Luther King)

This special event takes an up close look at an American hero, Martin Luther King Jr. His background information will be explored along with the heroic actions he endeavored throughout his life. Students will learn the significance of Martin Luther King Day and discuss how this hero has impacted their lives.

Grades 3-5

If anyone has a class interested in participating in the Martin Luther King Jr. session, request this video conference through CILC or register your class directly from the MVESC scheduling system.

Cost: $85.00 per site /30 student maximum per session (MVESC DL members – FREE with current membership)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Articles and Videos

Check out the free resources provided by ReadWorks to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Ohio's New State Test

Visit the January Website of the Month

Ohio's New State Test - Technology Skills and Readiness Resources.

John Mansel-Pleydell created this website for his master's project and has vowed to keep it updated. What a nicely organized portal of resources. We hope you find this as helpful and we did!

More Than an ELA Assessment - Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum

Students face new challenges with Ohio’s New State Tests. Well-developed reading and writing skills are critical to student success in all content areas. Students at all grade levels are challenged with analyzing readings and developing analytical essays within a variety of content areas, raising the depth of thinking at a much higher level. Students need more opportunities to practice the higher level of language skills at these higher levels of thinking. There are high expectations for reading and writing tasks using science and social studies text. More interdisciplinary projects and purposeful writing throughout the curriculum will need to be incorporated in order for students to be prepared. Read More.

Preparing For Ohio's New Test

January App

Shake-a-Phrase: Fun With Words and Sentences

By Artgig Studio - $1.99

Shake-a-Phrase is a fun language app for creative writing prompts, vocabulary, and parts of speech practice. Perfect for learning and laughing in the classroom or on-the-go, it features over 2,000 words and definitions in 5 engaging themes for ages 8+. Click on the link below to find out more!!

Differentiated Instruction

A Differentiated Approach to the Common Core: How do I help a broad range of learners succeed with challenging curriculum? (ASCD Arias)

In a mere 57 pages, Carol Ann Tomlinson and Marcia B. Imbeau outline eight steps in a differentiated approach to the Common Core and provide a self-reflection checklist:

Step 1: Planning to “Teach Up”

Step 2: Developing Learning Targets

Step 3: Designing Lessons

Step 4: Assessing Formatively

Step 5: Refining Instruction

Step 6: Scaffolding and Extending Challenge

Step 7: Assessing Summatively

Step 8: Leading and Managing for Success with Challenge

Encore: A Checklist for Reflecting on the Eight Steps for Differentiating Common Core Instruction

Read more:

Teacher Video Conference Spotlight

Wednesday January 28th, 2015 (4pm-5pm)

Daily Routine Signs (ASL integration techniques)

Using sign language with young children has been shown to enhance early learning experiences across content areas, from literacy, language, and communication, to social-emotional development. But how do you incorporate it into your daily routine? This session will focus in daily routines and simple commands. From “line-up” to “sit-down”. Discover simple signs you can use with your students the next day in the classroom.

If anyone is interested in participating in the

Daily Routine Signs (ASL integration techniques)

session, request this video conference through CILC or register your class directly from the MVESC scheduling system.


Lois Frame, Teacher/ASL instructor

Zanesville City Schools/Zane State College

Growth Mindset

Math Teacher Helen Hindle has at the top of her web page: “A teacher’s job is not to make work easy. It is to make it difficult. If you are not challenged, you do not make mistakes. If you do not make mistakes, feedback is useless.” by John Hattie. Helen has utilized the work of Carol Dweck from Stanford University) on Motivation and Growth Mindsets in her classroom.

Check out Helen’s web-page for a variety of resources to help you promote a Growth Mindset in your students.

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