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From the education reference

discovery learning
Learning that takes place, not through instruction, but through examination, analysis, or experimentation.
blended learning
A student-centered approach to creating a learning experience whereby the learner interacts with other students, with the instructor, and with content through thoughtful integration of online and face-to-face environments.
service learning
Intentional combination of community service objectives and learning opportunities that benefits both the recipient and provider of the service. Student service learning projects should be structured to link learning tasks to self-reflection so that they enrich learning, strengthen communities, and teach civic responsibility.
cooperative learning
Instructional method in which students work together in small, heterogeneous groups to complete a problem, project, or other instructional goal, while teachers act as guides or facilitators. This method works to reinforce a student’s own learning as well as the learning of his or her fellow group members.
collaborative learning
An umbrella term for the variety of approaches and models in education that involve the shared intellectual efforts by students working in small groups to accomplish a goal or complete a task.
learning contract
An agreement between a teacher and a student regarding how that student will achieve specified learning goals or objectives.
learning disability
A discrepancy between expected achievement and observed achievement, also known as "unexpected underachievement."
project-based learning
Teaching approach that engages students in sustained, collaborative real-world investigations. Projects are organized around a driving question, and students participate in a variety of tasks that seek to meaningfully address this question.
Dimensions of Learning model
Model of learning developed by Marzano et al (1988) that links content area knowledge, metacognition, and critical and creative thinking with a taxonomy of thinking skills and thinking processes.
digital game-based learning
Instructional method that incorporates educational content or learning principles into video games with the goal of engaging learners. Applications of digital game-based learning draw upon the constructivist theory of education.
problem-based learning
Model of instruction in which the teacher poses an authentic problem for student resolution. PBL may be one among many strategies in a classroom or an entire curricular and instructional approach. In the course of problem-solving, students work cooperatively in groups to learn content and skills related to real world problems. The teacher acts as a facilitator to learning.

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Biodiversity in your backyard
Biodiversity in Your Backyard designed to help teachers of elementary-aged students to explore the topic of biodiversity and expand their knowledge of life science.
Format: article/online course
Back to the future!
In this lesson plan, students research the history of an important invention and present what they've learned through an annotated timeline, historical fiction journal accounts, and VoiceThread technology.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 and 8 Information Skills and Social Studies)
By Diane Ruby.
Current events in Africa
In this lesson for grade seven, students find two news stories about a current event in Africa: one from an American media source and one from an African media source. Students compare the two to gain an understanding of cultural bias and perspective.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 English Language Arts, Information Skills, and Social Studies)
By Shane Freeman.
Teaching world cultures
According to the new Professional Teaching Standards, every North Carolina teacher must promote global awareness in classroom instruction. This article presents some general guidelines and specific strategies for global teaching.
Format: article/best practice
By Regina Higgins.
Practicing multiples using Pascal's Triangle
This lesson will introduce students to Pascal's Triangle. Students will be introduced to the patterns in Pascal's Triangle and complete a 9 level triangle. Then they will color the multiples of specified numbers. This lesson uses resources of Shodor Education Foundation, Inc. Permission has been granted for the use of the materials as part of the workshop "Interactivate Your Bored Math Students".
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Mathematics)
By Bonnie Boaz.
Webquest: Building an historic district
In North Carolina maps, page 2.3
In this lessons, students complete a webquest that includes having them view and analyze maps to recreate a historic district in North Carolina. Throughout this process, students think about how towns change over time and how technology impacts the way we live.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Jennifer Job.
Becoming an online teacher
For even the most experienced classroom teacher, teaching online requires a thoughtful transition to the new environment.
Format: article
By Bobby Hobgood, Ed.D..
North Carolina powwow
In Teaching about North Carolina American Indians, page .2
Introduction American Indians who have lived in North Carolina have contributed to and continue to contribute to the development of the state. Correcting the stereotypes found in movies & inaccurate literature is necessary for thinking skills development....
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies and Theater Arts Education)
By Linda Tabor.
Butterfly cycle
Students will understand the life cycle of the butterfly and create various art activities that would model metamorphosis.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Visual Arts Education, English Language Arts, and Science)
By Becky Woolard.
Picturing America at the turn of the twentieth century
Students link together the literature and the history of the United States at the turn of the twentieth century. Questions guide students as they study visual documents. Students also read the teacher's choice of two widely anthologized short stories and an excerpt from a best-selling novel of the period. Two exercises will raise student awareness of the impact that visual images have on their lives: one that is based on internet advertising and a second that results in a student-produced scrapbook.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Scott Culclasure.
Sales careers: Working with percents
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 2.3
In this lesson for grade six, students will understand how to perform operations with percents by using commission rates for various sales careers to calculate salary.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Mathematics)
By Kim Abrams, Mike McDowell, and Barbara Strange.
Report bullying
In LGBTQIA Resources for Educators, page 4.7
Administrators and Student Resource Officers (SROs) will want as many details as possible so that their accusation against your bully will be as accurate as possible. Some bullying is actually a crime, and the SRO can assist you with filing a criminal complaint....
Format: article
By Kathy Staley.
Real-world learning in a virtual environment
Want to try project-based learning to get your students involved in real-world issues? A former North Carolina Technology & Learning Teacher of the Year talks about how she worked with the North Carolina Zoo to get students excited about learning.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
The Binational Migrant Education Program
In Bridging Spanish language barriers in Southern schools, page 3.1
The Binational Migrant Education Program helps students, teachers, school administration, and parents manage the education of students who move between the United States and Mexico.
By Jennifer Whytock.
Diary of a Tar Heel Confederate soldier
Students read the account of a private from Charlotte who served in the Civil War and grew tired of only hearing about the war from the perspectives of officers. After reading his experiences as a “man behind the gun” students will write their own point-of-view piece. They also have the opportunity to read other diary accounts from the war available through Documenting the American South.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Meghan Mcglinn.
Slavery across North Carolina
In this lesson, students read excerpts from slave narratives to gain an understanding of how slavery developed in each region of North Carolina and how regional differences created a variety of slave experiences.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Dayna Durbin Gleaves.
Learning to look at art
Strategies for helping students develop visual literacy in looking at paintings and other forms of visual art.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.
Slave narratives: A genre study
In this lesson, students will read selected excerpts from slave narratives, determining common characteristics of the genre. Students will then write their own slave narratives as a slave from their region of North Carolina, researching for historical accuracy and incorporating elements of the slave narrative genre to demonstrate understanding.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Dayna Durbin Gleaves.
Lesson plans on the web
In Election 2008, page 3.1
A collection of resources and activities for students and teachers that focus on the 2008 election as well as the election process.
Format: bibliography
Strategies for online reading comprehension
This article examines the differences between reading in print and reading online, and proposes some tools and strategies to help aid students' reading comprehension and information literacy in online environments.
Format: article/best practice
By Kevin Hodgson.