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Deaf culture
The socialization of deaf students with other deaf students where American Sign Language is used for communication.

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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)
East from India: Cambodia and Southern Vietnam
Photographs and text tell the story of the Cham and Khmer cultures of southern Vietnam and Cambodia, including a look at Angkor Wat and other great temples and cities.
Format: slideshow (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)
Classroom management
A guide to LEARN NC's collections, designed especially for new teachers.
Format: bibliography/help
The importance of Deaf culture
Deaf students benefit in many ways from being educated in inclusive settings, but it is also crucial for them to have opportunities to interact socially with other deaf people. In this video, experts explain why social interaction is so important and share...
Format: video
The importance of Deaf culture
Deaf students benefit in many ways from being educated in inclusive settings, but it is also crucial for them to have opportunities to interact socially with other deaf people. In this video, experts explain why social interaction is so important and share...
Format: video
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)
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)
Deafness, self-esteem, and the inclusive classroom
A deaf student surrounded by hearing peers in an inclusive classroom may experience feelings of isolation. The classroom teacher, however, can play a critical role in supporting a deaf student's self-esteem and sense of belonging within the culture of the...
Format: video
The importance of Deaf culture
Deaf students benefit in many ways from being educated in inclusive settings, but it is also crucial for them to have opportunities to interact socially with other deaf people. In this video, experts explain why social interaction is so important and share...
Format: video/video
Coharie Indian Tribe Cultural Powwow
Celebrate Coharie Indian culture at the annual powwow held in September near Clinton, NC.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Meherrin Indian Tribe powwow
Attend a powwow and see demonstrations of Meherrin Indian culture through dance, a drum competition, pottery, and beading.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African- American Arts + Culture
This cultural center was created to preserve the visual and performing arts heritages of African-Americans and other minorities. The Center has an art gallery with “over 100 works of art from renowned artists such as Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, John Biggers.” It also offers art classes to all age groups.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Mandarin Chinese AP | 中文课AP
Part five of an online textbook for learning Mandarin Chinese.
Format: book (multiple pages)
The Changing Face of Mexico
Essays and activities exploring Mexican culture, past and present. Includes historical perspectives, classroom activities, and recipes.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Making the most of culture kits
Culture kits — everyday objects from the country or region you're studying — can bring your lessons to life. This article will get you started using culture kits in your social studies classroom and gives contacts for borrowing culture kits from programs at UNC and Duke.
Format: article/best practice
By Regina Higgins.
Graphic organizer: From Caledonia to Carolina
Graphic organizer designed to aid students' comprehension as they read an article about the immigration of Highland Scots to North Carolina in the colonial era.
Format: chart/lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Alternatives to the famous person report
In Rethinking Reports, page 3.1
This "rethinking reports" series of articles provides alternative research assignments that challenge students to think critically about historical actors.
By David Walbert and Melissa Thibault.
To know them is to teach them
We must maintain high standards and expectations, incorporate students' experiences into the curriculum, and use culturally relevant materials.
By Barbara Rush.
Wow! A powwow!
Powwows have long been a tradition in the Native American culture. Even today, powwows are held across the United States and Canada. This lesson plan allows students the opportunity to research powwows, and in the process see that modern day Native Americans have a diverse culture.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Social Studies)
By Betsy Bryan.