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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Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium
A consortium of state and national education agencies and organizations focused on the preparation, licensure, and professional development of teachers. INTASC is guided by the belief that student learning standards should drive the preparation and development of teachers.
teacher research
Intentional and systematic inquiry by a teacher or teachers in order to improve classroom practice. Teacher researchers begin with a question about classroom life, design and implement a research plan, collect and analyze data, and adjust practice to better meet the needs of students.
alternative teacher certification
Certification of teachers by means other than traditional four-year college and university education degree programs. Candidates for alternative certification hold a degree in the subject matter they will teach and meet abbreviated pedagogical coursework requirements, often during the first two years of teaching.

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Building a support network
Every teacher needs support networks, both formal and informal. This guide to LEARN NC's collections will point you to resources that show you how to build your own and get the help you need.
Format: bibliography/help
Defining tyranny
Students will focus on gathering support for and elaborating on ideas for an essay of definition on tyranny. Students will use examples from history and from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts)
By Bethany Hill.
Looking for support
An elementary special education teacher talks about finding support in challenging situations.
By Kathleen Casson.
Developing online resources for beginning teachers is not easy. What new teachers need most of all is a mentor — an experienced, thoughtful, successful teacher who can take the time to guide them through their first year. They need someone to steer them...
By David Walbert.
LEARN NC white paper: An introduction to virtual mentoring
How to support new teachers with an online mentoring program.
Format: document/document
Communication: The key to successful mentoring
Building support systems begins with asking for help — and giving it.
Format: article
By Diane Gore.
Mentoring matters
How mentors can serve as role models, helpers, and colleagues.
Format: article
By Evalee Parker.
Maya Angelou: Study and response to "Still I Rise"
Students read biographical information on Maya Angelou and her poem, "Still I Rise." Students identify support and elaboration in poem, then respond by either writing a letter to the author or his/her own poem in response.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–8 English Language Arts)
By Barbara Groome and Jo Peterson Gibbs.
The Wish Giver: Cause and effect
Through a discussion of the characters in the novel The Wish Giver, by Bill Brittain, the teacher will teach the students to identify and analyze the cause/effect relationship and its importance in reading comprehension.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 English Language Arts)
By Becky Ellzey.
Conversations, questions, and answers for a beginning teacher
A kindergarten teacher begins her career with an excellent support network.
Format: article
By Kathleen Casson.
Building your own support network
How to take charge of your own professional development and break through the isolation of the classroom.
Format: article
By Denise Young.
Where are they now? And where are they going?
In The First Year, page 4.4
Your standards for students' achievement must be high enough not only to get them through your class, but to prepare them for what lies ahead.
Format: article
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
Pumpkin punctuation
Students will identify different end punctuation marks that are used in a book they read and then use those punctuation marks in sentences they write.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts)
By Sherry Harris.
Wife inheritance and the AIDS epidemic in Africa
When an African man dies, it is the responsibility of his brother to inherit his widow. This has become a key factor in the spread of the AIDS virus. This plan looks at this tradition and the AIDS epidemic in African countries and students will discuss possible solutions in a Paideia seminar.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies)
By Greg Mitchell.
Learning from new teachers
Mentors can share in the hope and enthusiasm of new teachers.
Format: article
By Joy Jenkins.
The taste of relevance
Students will learn the importance of selecting relevant details by picking the right toppings for an ice cream sundae. This activity gives the students a concrete visual memory of what good details are.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts)
By DPI Writing Strategies.
Plain Polly: Adding relevant details
This instructional technique creates a lasting visual image of how relevant details help develop a character and a focus. Students learn to add only details that are related to the main idea of a “Plain Polly” stick figure. These mascots serve as reminders to students to be selective with the details they use to support their main idea.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts)
By DPI Writing Strategies.
Estimating rational numbers
Students round fractions and mixed numbers to their closest whole number by first changing the rational numbers into decimal numbers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Mathematics)
By Doreen Castelloe.
Walking pathways
Second PE lesson in school experience of Kindergartener. Students explore walking movement and pathways.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Healthful Living)
By Bozena Mielczak.