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.

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site-based management
Organizational structure that decentralizes authority and increases the autonomy of individual schools. Responsibility and accountability are at the school level, and the decision-making process includes teachers, administrators, parents, and community members.
site-based management
Organizational structure that decentralizes authority and increases the autonomy of individual schools. Responsibility and accountability are at the school level, and the decision-making process includes teachers, administrators, parents, and community members.

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Classroom arrangement
The physical arrangement of desks in a classroom can have a significant effect on student behavior and the ease of classroom management. This slideshow illustrates four different classroom arrangements with captions explaining the merits of each.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Classroom management
A guide to LEARN NC's collections, designed especially for new teachers.
Format: bibliography/help
The First Year
Essays on the author's experiences in her first year of teaching: the mistakes she made, what she learned from them, and how she used them to become a better teacher — and how other first-year teachers can, too.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Math for multiple intelligences
How a middle-school math teacher realized she was boring and jump-started her career — and her students — by using thematic planning, emphasizing problem solving, and teaching to multiple intelligences.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Problem centered math
Why students must build their own understanding of mathematics if they are to be able to use it in the real world, and how teachers can guide them in doing so.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Reaching every learner: Differentiating instruction in theory and practice
This series of articles, which balance theory, research, and practice, address a variety of topics within differentiation through text, graphics, and video.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Classroom routines and procedures
Establishing clear classroom routines and procedures is necessary for ensuring that your classroom runs smoothly.
By Denise Young.
Classroom behavior
In this video, a classroom dramatization illustrates a variety of appropriate and inappropriate behaviors by students and the classroom teacher. Viewers are encouraged to make note of the appropriate and inappropriate behaviors. A follow-up video, "Classroom...
Format: video/video
James and the Giant Pencil: Lessons in classroom management
In The First Year, page 2.7
Don't back your students into a corner, and don't make discipline the focus of your class.
Format: article
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
Student presentations in the problem-centered classroom
In Problem centered math, page 2.2
The video clip below shows students presenting their solutions to a math problem. The students worked on the problem in pairs, and several pairs of students used different methods to reach different results. A discussion results among the students as to the...
By Grayson Wheatley.
New Teacher Support
Ok, so it's not all fun and games. Now what? When you decided to become a teacher, what did you think about? If you're like most people, you thought about making a difference in children's lives, about helping them learn, making them think, "touching...
Format: article/help
Classroom environment: the basics
Your classroom is "home away from home" for you and your students. Make it attractive, comfortable, and functional.
By Denise Young.
Classroom behavior analysis
This video was designed to be viewed as a follow-up to the classroom dramatization "Classroom Behavior." In this piece, Dr. Edward J. Sabornie discusses some of the appropriate and inappropriate behaviors...
Format: video/video
“I am very sorry. It is going to happen again”
In The First Year, page 4.2
Maintain your commitment to classroom organization and management all the way through the end of the year.
Format: article
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
Bulletin boards and other displays
Using your bulletin boards as a teaching tool — not just as decoration.
By Denise Young.
Sample classroom floor plans
Basic floor plans and explanations for a traditional classroom, discussions/debates, a horseshoe arrangement, and centers.
By Mitch Katz.
Animation: Vicarious reinforcement
This animated video demonstrates the use of vicarious reinforcement as a classroom behavior management technique. In vicarious reinforcement, a teacher reinforces a student's positive behavior while ignoring the negative behavior of a student seated nearby....
Format: video/animation
Creating a safe space for students to take academic risks
In The First Year, page 1.6
A classroom culture that encourages students to take academic risks starts with the teacher.
Format: article/best practice
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
Basic strategies for assigning homework
Suggestions for establishing homework assignments and policies.
By Kathleen Casson.
New beginnings
In The First Year, page 2.11
Treat January as an opportunity to start fresh, in your relationships with students and colleagues and in your classroom management and instruction.
Format: article
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.