K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education


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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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Designing a virtual field trip
Use internet resources to design a "virtual field trip" for your students. In this online course, you’ll study strategies and resources to create effective and engaging learning experiences for your students that are aligned to state and national standards.
Format: article/online course
Teaching writing in the elementary classroom
In this course, participants will explore how to teach their students about the traits of good writing through mini-lessons and writing workshops, and how to use established criteria to evaluate writing.
Format: article/online course
Promoting reading comprehension skills in the elementary classroom
Researchers have identified the strategies that expert readers use to understand text. Develop your students into active, purposeful readers by teaching these strategies in your classroom.
Format: article/online course
Differentiation in the Common Core classroom
This online professional development course helps teachers to explore the different avenues through which effective differentiation can take place in order to enhance their own practice.
Format: article/online course
Teach an online course in your school
This document explains how to teach an online course on LEARN NC's Moodle server.
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LEARN NC professional development - Frequently asked questions
Find the answers to frequently asked questions about LEARN NC professional development courses.
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AOWS8: Not your grandfathers’ wars: Teaching WWI & WWII to 21st Century learners
This course will explore some of the best resources available for learning and teaching about World War I and World War II and provide teachers with the opportunity to create and share ideas for classroom instruction.
Format: article/online course
Common Core and the special education student
Course description The Common Core has brought wide reaching shifts in K-12 education. While much of the emphasis has been placed on particular content areas – there is still much to examine when discussing best practices for implementing Common...
Format: article/online course
Unpacking the questions: Improving students’ written comprehension on mClass Reading 3D’s TRC
This online course will cover how writing can improve students’ reading comprehension as well as how to help your students unpack comprehension questions.
Format: article/online course
Geometric measurement for middle grades
In this course you'll familiarize yourself with relevant research in teaching geometric measurement, such as the van Hiele framework. You'll also learn how to analyze student work to inform your instruction.
Format: article/online course
Guidelines for being a good online learner
The elements that ensure success in an online learning environment are slightly different than those in a traditional classroom. These guidelines will help ensure your success as an online learner.
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Mandarin Chinese IV | 中文课程4
Part four of an online textbook for learning Mandarin Chinese.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Four myths about online learning
There are a number of myths circulating about online courses. This article explains what online courses are and debunks some of those myths.
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By Ross White.
Mandarin Chinese I | 中文课程1
Part one of an online textbook for learning Mandarin Chinese.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Mandarin Chinese III| 中文课程3
Part three of an online textbook for learning Mandarin Chinese.
Format: book (multiple pages)
AOWS2: Nation in conflict - Founding figures of America in a global context
Not your old style history class. History teachers love to tell stories. And, students love to hear stories. However, listening to stories is not the same as doing history. We want our students to experience history. This online course studies methods of engaging students in the doing of history using primary sources.
Format: article/online course
iReach all learners with iPads: How to utilize the iPad to meet the needs of LD students
This online professional development course helps teachers develop iPad skills that help empower students with learning disabilities in the classroom.
Format: article/online course
LEP Training 102
This course will prepare you as you take on the role of a Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Coordinator or ESL Teacher. You may be a new ESL teacher or have been assigned the role of a LEP Coordinator without receiving any training.
Format: article/online course
Arts at the core: Making standards work
This online professional development course helps participants understand how to create lesson plans that include embedded standards in the Fine Arts curriculum.
Format: article/online course
AOWS9: A global narrative: Connecting AP United States and World History
This online course emphasizes the connections between AP United States and World History through a study of the colonial period and slave trade, westward expansion, and immigration.
Format: article/online course