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.

Rebeccah Haines

Rebeccah Haines is a former middle school science teacher for the Carteret County School System. She has taught both 6th and 7th grades and as such has gained an even greater appreciation for the vast differences in the different levels of middle school students. Rebeccah graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2002 with a BS in Biology, and then got an MAT from East Carolina University in 2003. She became a National Board Certified teacher in Early Adolescent Science in 2007.

In addition to her passion for teaching science to young adolescents, Rebeccah is also interested in instructional technology. She has written articles for LEARN NC’s blog, Instructify, as well as feature articles for LEARN NC. She also serves as an occasional consultant to Rice University’s Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning as they develop interactive, educational science- and health-related games.

Since leaving the classroom, Rebeccah has continued to be involved in the education world through various projects. She has become involved in a summer reading program administered by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Communities in Schools of North Carolina, and has been has been writing science test items. Additionally, Rebeccah has recently expanded her teaching repertoire to include teaching at her daughter’s preschool five mornings a week. She is amazed to learn how similar preschoolers can be to middle schoolers!

When not teaching, writing, or learning about new instructional technology, Rebeccah spends time enjoying the beautiful North Carolina coast with her family. In her spare time, Rebeccah enjoys reading and playing the French Horn.

Resources created by Rebeccah Haines

Citizen science: Real-world applications for science students
Citizen science projects enlist everyday citizens to collect or analyze data for real-world research studies. This article suggests that bringing citizen science projects into the classroom can help students understand the relevance of curriculum objectives. Several projects are suggested, for elementary, middle, and high school.
Format: article/best practice
By Rebeccah Haines.
Fostering creativity and innovation in the science classroom
This article presents resources and ideas for presenting science students with challenges designed to spark creativity and innovation. Resources listed include national competitions and websites listing suggested classroom projects.
Format: article/best practice
By Rebeccah Haines.
Keep parents in the loop with a class website
This article discusses the process of creating a website to keep your students' parents apprised of what's happening in your classroom. The author discusses a variety of tools, including blogs, wikis, Google sites, and paid hosting websites, and suggests elements to include in a useful website.
Format: article/best practice
By Rebeccah Haines.
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