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.

Kathleen Casson worked with LEARN NC as a research assistant from 2002 to 2003. She has taught high school in the Atlanta area and middle school in Durham and holds a master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Resources created by Kathleen Casson

Basic strategies for assigning homework
Suggestions for establishing homework assignments and policies.
By Kathleen Casson.
Communicating with parents
To communicate successfully with parents, be caring, professional, open, and organized.
By Kathleen Casson.
Conversations, questions, and answers for a beginning teacher
A kindergarten teacher begins her career with an excellent support network.
Format: article
By Kathleen Casson.
Don't put it down, put it up!
In a fifth grade classroom based around projects, everything has its place. This classroom profile shows you the design and purpose of Debra Harwell-Braun's fifth-grade classroom.
Format: article
By Kathleen Casson.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
Instructional goals and classroom space
Your classroom should be arranged to help you meet your pedagogical goals. Any setting, including your classroom, exerts many influences — frequently subtle — on the people in it.
Format: article
By Kathleen Casson.
Looking for support
An elementary special education teacher talks about finding support in challenging situations.
By Kathleen Casson.
Managing a classroom with brain food
Tina Maples' eighth-grade language arts students are serious about their work they do. When students work on projects they care about — what Maples calls "brain food" — they manage the classroom themselves.
By Kathleen Casson.
Observing other teachers
Learning from other teachers is an important means of professional development. Here are some suggestions for observing successful teachers in your school, in other schools, and on the web.
By Kathleen Casson.
One room, many uses
Patty Berge converts her eighth-grade science classroom to suit multiple instructional methods. A classroom profile.
Format: article
By Kathleen Casson.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
A room for students
A learning environment where students feel that they belong is the key to success for this eighth-grade language arts teacher. A classroom profile.
Format: article
By Kathleen Casson.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
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