Current Connections


The ED253 class is divided into learning circles responsible for engaging the whole class in overviews and discussions of current connections to foundational topics and issues in the field of education. On three (3) occasions across the semester, your LC will take on this responsibility. Your LC will have about thirty minutes (~45 minutes) to discuss the work you are doing in this area. The schedule for these discussions can be found under the Calendar tab of the ED253 course website.

Current Connections Assigned Readings

Current Connections Procedures

Actively participate in the online During-Reading learning experience (~500 words). Write a brief essay to synthesize the week’s assigned reading with your selection of a recently published (within the past two years) newspaper or magazine article. (~ 250 words not including the citation of the news article).

  1. Prior to class |
    • Based on in-class learning experiences and your engagement with the reading assigned for the week, research and select a related article published in a credible news source within the past two years. (Consider using the databases listed below).
    • During Reading Current Connections
  2. During class | Each LC member will have approximately 7 minutes to:
    • Discuss their current connection article, and
    • Develop the connection(s) of the article to the assigned reading, and
    • Encourage a brief discussion.
  3. Following Class | Current Connections BlogPost.

 Current Connections Assessment Rubric

OhioLink Databases

Newspaper Source This opens a pop-up window to share the URL for this databaseProvides full text for 245 regional U.S. newspapers, eighteen international newspapers, six newswires, and nine newspaper columns, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Los Angeles Times (for a total of 194 full text newspapers and other sources).