K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

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.

Linda Pigott Robinson is Director of CONNECTIONS-NC, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in gifted education and differentiation. For the last 23 years, she has conducted professional development and program evaluation for gifted and Title I programs across North Carolina. In addition, Linda has served as Coordinator of Gifted Programs for multiple school systems, taught gifted learners K-12, presented at state and national conferences, and conducted courses for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, University of Virginia, and East Carolina University. Linda is presently pursuing her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at North Carolina State University.

Resources created by Linda Pigott Robinson

Tiering to avoid tears: Developing assignments that address all learners' needs
In Reaching every learner: Differentiating instruction in theory and practice, page 2
This article presents an approach to differentiated instruction in which teachers create tiered assignments for three groups of students: 1) Students who are not yet ready for that grade level's instruction, 2) Students who are just ready, and 3) Students who are ready to go beyond. Includes step-by-step instructions and a list of ten criteria by which to modify assignments.
Format: article/best practice
By Linda Pigott Robinson.
Who cares?: Using real-world perspectives to engage academically gifted learners
In Reaching every learner: Differentiating instruction in theory and practice, page 5
This article shares strategies for engaging gifted learners by creating assignments in which students adopt real-world perspectives on curriculum objectives. The result, the author suggests, is rich, rigorous, challenging learning for those who are ready to go beyond proficiency. Includes step-by-step instructions and sample assignments.
Format: article/best practice
By Linda Pigott Robinson.
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