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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“I am very sorry. It is going to happen again”
In The First Year, page 4.2
Maintain your commitment to classroom organization and management all the way through the end of the year.
Format: article
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
All about life
A primary curriculum based around life and environmental science draws on children's natural curiosity to teach reading, math, and more.
Format: article
By Myra Erexson.
Animation: Vicarious reinforcement
This animated video demonstrates the use of vicarious reinforcement as a classroom behavior management technique. In vicarious reinforcement, a teacher reinforces a student's positive behavior while ignoring the negative behavior of a student seated nearby....
Format: video/animation
Arranging for independence
Erin Espinoza's kindergarten classroom encourages children to learn on their own. A classroom profile.
Format: article
By Sydney Brown.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
Balancing order and learning in classroom discussions
In The First Year, page 3.6
Different learning objectives require different rules for student participation. Make your expectations for each day's class clear to students — and to yourself!
Format: article
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
Basic strategies for assigning homework
Suggestions for establishing homework assignments and policies.
By Kathleen Casson.
Bulletin boards and other displays
Using your bulletin boards as a teaching tool — not just as decoration.
By Denise Young.
Classroom behavior
In this video, a classroom dramatization illustrates a variety of appropriate and inappropriate behaviors by students and the classroom teacher. Viewers are encouraged to make note of the appropriate and inappropriate behaviors. A follow-up video, "Classroom...
Format: video/video
Classroom behavior analysis
This video was designed to be viewed as a follow-up to the classroom dramatization "Classroom Behavior." In this piece, Dr. Edward J. Sabornie discusses some of the appropriate and inappropriate behaviors...
Format: video/video
Classroom environment: the basics
Your classroom is "home away from home" for you and your students. Make it attractive, comfortable, and functional.
By Denise Young.
Classroom routines and procedures
Establishing clear classroom routines and procedures is necessary for ensuring that your classroom runs smoothly.
By Denise Young.
Creating a safe space for students to take academic risks
In The First Year, page 1.6
A classroom culture that encourages students to take academic risks starts with the teacher.
Format: article/best practice
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
Deaf learners and successful cognitive achievement
In Reaching every learner: Differentiating instruction in theory and practice, page 3
This article surveys relevant literature on the cognitive potential of deaf learners and asserts that, under appropriate conditions, support, and instruction, deaf students can succeed in inclusive settings. Includes a list of ideal instructional conditions for deaf students in the inclusive classroom.
Format: article/best practice
By David S. Martin, Ph.D..
Designing your gym class
From classroom organization to warm-up procedures, one physical education teacher provides a blueprint for a structured physical education program.
By Bozena Mielczak and Kim Campbell.
Don't put it down, put it up!
In a fifth grade classroom based around projects, everything has its place. This classroom profile shows you the design and purpose of Debra Harwell-Braun's fifth-grade classroom.
Format: article
By Kathleen Casson.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
The First Year
Essays on the author's experiences in her first year of teaching: the mistakes she made, what she learned from them, and how she used them to become a better teacher — and how other first-year teachers can, too.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Getting to know them
In The First Year, page 1.5
Getting to know your students as real people makes your classroom a more effective learning environment.
Format: article/best practice
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
Helping students get organized
In The First Year, page 1.4
Tips for helping students keep track of their materials and supplies.
Format: article/best practice
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
Instructional goals and classroom space
Your classroom should be arranged to help you meet your pedagogical goals. Any setting, including your classroom, exerts many influences — frequently subtle — on the people in it.
Format: article
By Kathleen Casson.
James and the Giant Pencil: Lessons in classroom management
In The First Year, page 2.7
Don't back your students into a corner, and don't make discipline the focus of your class.
Format: article
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.