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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Communicating with parents, colleagues, and administrators
Effective communication is often about avoiding problems rather than solving them. These resources on communicating with parents, participating in a mentoring relationship, and working with colleagues and administrators will help you communicate effectively in a number of situations.
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)
Communicating with parents
To communicate successfully with parents, be caring, professional, open, and organized.
By Kathleen Casson.
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)
Helping parents understand
In Math for multiple intelligences, page 5
The more ongoing, positive communication you have with parents, the more they'll be willing to work with you.
Format: article
By Gretchen Buher.
Communicating with parents at the beginning of the year
In The First Year, page 1.3
Start communicating with parents at the beginning of the year, to establish a relationship before you have anything negative to say.
Format: article/best practice
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
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
Implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in Grades K-5
In this webinar, Dr. Kay Ringer, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at Eastern Carolina University, shares resources and strategies for understanding, implementing, and communicating with administrators and parents about the Common Core Math Standards.
Format: video
By Kay Middleton.
Tips for parent conferences
Basic suggestions and points to keep in mind when meeting with parents.
By Mitch Katz.
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Webinar
Many teachers struggle with the transition to the Common Core standards. In this webinar, Dr. Kay Ringer, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at Eastern Carolina University, shares resources and strategies for understanding, implementing, and communicating...
Format: video/video
Effective communication for successful careers
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 1.7
In this lesson plan, students consider the elements of effective communication and write an informative or persuasive paper with a particular audience in mind.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Andrea Fedon, Gail Frank, and Cindy Neininger.
Implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in Grades K-5
Many teachers struggle with the transition to the Common Core standards. In this webinar, Dr. Kay Ringer, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at Eastern Carolina University, shares resources and strategies for understanding, implementing, and communicating...
Format: document/document
If he's in danger of failing, at least three people need to know it
In The First Year, page 4.1
Get in touch with parents to prevent students' failure, not just to report on it.
Format: article
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
Bridging Spanish language barriers in Southern schools
These articles provide background on Latino immigrants in North Carolina, administrative challenges in binational education, and strategies through which teachers can build on what Latino students bring to their classrooms to create a learning environment that meets the needs of all students.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Using a classroom webpage to communicate with parents
Kathleen Eveleigh keeps her parents involved in her first-grade classroom by integrating a classroom webpage with her daily instruction.
Format: article
By Sydney Brown.
Topics in Education
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 1.1
Building a Firm Foundation New Teacher Support Essays on Kristi Johnson Smith’s...
Format: article/teacher's guide
Topics in Education
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 2.1
Building a Firm Foundation New Teacher Support Essays on Kristi Johnson Smith’s...
Format: article/teacher's guide
Topics in Education
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 3.1
Building a Firm Foundation New Teacher Support Essays on Kristi Johnson Smith’s...
Format: article/teacher's guide
Topics in Education
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 4.1
Building a Firm Foundation New Teacher Support Essays on Kristi Johnson Smith’s...
Format: article/learner's guide
Communicating information and ideas: a philosophy of writing
In Writing for the Web, page 2
Many kinds of writing can be adapted for the web, but it's important to know what you're trying to communicate.
By David Walbert.