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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Algebraic thinking in elementary school
This online course will enable participants to learn how to include opportunities in the upper elementary curriculum for children to think about basic algebraic concepts, and to appreciate the importance of algebraic thinking.
Format: article/online course
Assessing the learning process
In Math for multiple intelligences, page 3
Assessment, like instruction, needs to be geared toward various learning styles, and teachers can create rubrics for ongoing assessment that keep a formal daily record of what students are learning.
Format: article
By Gretchen Buher and David Walbert.
CareerStart lessons: Grade eight
This collection of lessons aligns the eighth grade curriculum in math, science, English language arts, and social studies with potential career opportunities.
Format: (multiple pages)
Grouping skills for mastery
In Math for multiple intelligences, page 4
Thematic planning helps relate mathematics to students' lives.
Format: article
By Gretchen Buher.
Helping parents understand
In Math for multiple intelligences, page 5
The more ongoing, positive communication you have with parents, the more they'll be willing to work with you.
Format: article
By Gretchen Buher.
Making small groups work
In Math for multiple intelligences, page 2
For students to work effectively in small groups, a teacher needs not only to set rules but to build a sense of community and teamwork within the basic structure the rules provide.
Format: article
By Gretchen Buher.As told to David Walbert.
Math for multiple intelligences
In Math for multiple intelligences, page 1
How a middle-school math teacher realized she was boring and jump-started her career — and her students.
Format: article
By Gretchen Buher.
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)
Meaningful mathematics: using balances for problem solving
Using balances to represent equations forces students to find their own meaning in mathematical problems.
By Grayson Wheatley and George E. Abshire.
Not your mother's math teacher
North Carolina's 2001–2002 Teacher of the Year, Carmen Wilson, talks about real-world math and teachers' roles as professionals.
Format: article
By David Walbert.

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NCDigIns
Aligned North Carolina 2003 Mathematics Standard Course of Study and the Common core Standards, the NCDigIns formative assessment diagnostic tool can help students become proficient in math. A team of North Carolina... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
On-Math - Online Journal of School Mathematics
These peer-reviewed short articles are published for all grade level educators. The articles are not just textual in nature, but include multimedia interactives as well as audio and video clips. The purpose is to be immersed in the subject at hand. Full... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Student Explorations in Mathematics (formerly known as Student Math Notes)
Published five times a year, Student Math Notes is “intended as a resource for grades 5-10 students, teachers, and teacher educators. Each issue develops a single mathematical theme or concept in such a way that fifth grade students can understand... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Wolfram MathWorld
This site from the makers of Mathematica provides clear and readable mathematical resources for students and educators. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Wolfram Research