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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Reaching every learner: Differentiating instruction in theory and practice
This series of articles, which balance theory, research, and practice, address a variety of topics within differentiation through text, graphics, and video.
Format: series (multiple pages)
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.
Traveling the world, virtually: Project-based learning in elementary school
Fifth-grade teacher Shannon Page shares her methods and experiences with using project-based learning in the elementary school classroom. Ms. Page's focus on taking virtual field trips, which are planned and guided by her students, helps infuse curriculum objectives with relevance and rigor.
Format: article/best practice
By Dan Lewandowski.
Ten questions for planning an oral history project
In Oral history in the classroom, page 4
Plan ahead to avoid frustration and to ensure that your students get as much as possible out of an oral history project.
Format: article
By Kathryn Walbert.
Wall-to-wall project-based learning: A conversation with biology teacher Kelley Yonce
This article explains the process of project-based learning (PBL) as it is practiced by Kelley Yonce, a high-school biology teacher who uses PBL throughout the school year. Concrete guidelines for a DNA project are included, as well as rubrics, assessment criteria, and other relevant documents.
Format: article/best practice
By Dan Lewandowski.
Who cares?: Using real-world perspectives to engage academically gifted learners
In Reaching every learner: Differentiating instruction in theory and practice, page 5
This article shares strategies for engaging gifted learners by creating assignments in which students adopt real-world perspectives on curriculum objectives. The result, the author suggests, is rich, rigorous, challenging learning for those who are ready to go beyond proficiency. Includes step-by-step instructions and sample assignments.
Format: article/best practice
By Linda Pigott Robinson.
Think for yourself! Media literacy every day
Information, like air, is everywhere, and we breathe it in whether we mean to or not. If we want our students to be rational, responsible citizens and consumers, we have to help them develop a filter they can use all the time, not just when they're doing research.
Format: article
By David Walbert.

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IMPACT: Guidelines for School Library Media and Instructional Technology Programs
A research-driven media and technology program schools may use to ensure that students, their parents, and their teachers will have the skills necessary to enter the 21st Century world of work and civic responsibility. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: NC DPI Instructional Technology Division