LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

  1. Foreword
  2. Introduction
  1. 1 Starting the year right
    1. Coming soon!
    2. 1.2Templates to help you with paperwork
    3. 1.3Communicating with parents at the beginning of the year
    4. 1.4Helping students get organized
    5. 1.5Getting to know them
    6. 1.6Creating a safe space for students to take academic risks
  2. 2 The first semester
    1. 2.1A successful day? Engaging your students may not be enough
    2. 2.2Listening while you work: Using informal assessments to inform your instruction
    3. 2.3Making connections between concepts
    4. 2.4Connecting with colleagues: No tricks, all treat!
    5. 2.5You (yes, you!) are making a difference: The power of a single phrase
    6. 2.6It’s November. Do you know where your energy is?
    7. 2.7James and the Giant Pencil: Lessons in classroom management
    8. 2.8'Tis the season...for observations
    9. 2.9Three weeks and counting: What winter break might really mean
    10. 2.10They're all on the same page...and I'm grading page 1 of 700
    11. 2.11New beginnings
  3. 3 The second semester
    1. 3.1Welcome back!
    2. 3.2Snow days
    3. 3.3The thirty-second system for managing tardies and misdirected attention
    4. 3.4Who's holding the pencil? And did anybody learn?
    5. 3.5Valentine's Day: Love it? Or love it not?
    6. 3.6Balancing order and learning in classroom discussions
    7. 3.7Our students: Not just ours, and not just students
    8. 3.8Finding an emotional outlet you can get into
    9. 3.9March Madness and relationship-building
    10. 3.10I know who they are, but who am I?
  4. 4 The home stretch
    1. 4.1If he's in danger of failing, at least three people need to know it
    2. 4.2“I am very sorry. It is going to happen again”
    3. 4.3And you thought it had been a long time since someone thanked you
    4. 4.4Where are they now? And where are they going?
    5. 4.5Picture this
    6. 4.6The end (for now)
  1. Appendix A. Mentor's Guide
  2. Appendix B. Paperwork Templates
  3. Appendix C. Sample Welcome Letter and Syllabus
  4. Appendix D. “Getting to Know You” Questionnaire
  5. Appendix E. Sample Rubric for Student Binders
  6. Appendix F. Student Feedback Form
  7. Index