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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Beyond Black History Month
Go beyond approaches that marginalize African American history by "shifting the lens" to look at events from new perspectives.
By Kathryn Walbert.
The challenge of a broken pencil
From dealing with meltdowns to setting a routine, Rhonda Layman shares communication and management strategies for students with autism spectrum disorders.
Format: article
By Waverly Harrell.
Children's literature promotes understanding
Bibliotherapy and critical literacy are two ways to use books to help children better understand themselves, others, and the world around them. This article explains both strategies and provides resources for selecting appropriate books.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.
Gifted?
It is important for gifted children to be with other gifted children, the more often the better.
Format: article
By Cathy Kroninger.
Greeting your limited English proficient students in their own language
Even a simple "Hello" or "How are you today?" can help to integrate a student into a new environment. This article offers strategies and tools for teachers wishing to learn a few words of a new language.
Format: article
By Bobby Hobgood, Ed.D..
Hands-on biology
Hands-on science exploration clarifies difficult concepts and engages learners who have difficulty in more traditional classrooms. This article looks at an inquiry-based classroom that meets the needs of all of its students.
Format: article/best practice
By Waverly Harrell.
Keys to success for English language learners
Tips that any teacher in any classroom can use to help ESL students learn the curriculum while learning English.
Format: article
By Audrey L. Heining-Boynton.
The law and disabilities
A brief overview of two major laws — the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 — that protect students with disabilities in schools.
By Margaret P. Weiss.
Making reading passages comprehensible for English language learners
English language learners can read the same content-area material as their peers, but they may need special help. Teachers can make difficult reading comprehensible by building vocabulary, decoding difficult syntax, and teaching background knowledge.
Format: article
By Ellen Douglas.
Nothing exceptional
For teachers, the task is to determine which strategies will help students with learning disabilities succeed, both in our classrooms and beyond.
By Janet Ploghoft.
Reading is for the boys (and girls)!
This WebQuest for teachers looks at the difficult issue of how to get — and keep — boys interested in reading. It guides you through the research, then looks at text selection and pedagogy and helps you find specific strategies for narrowing the adolescent "literacy gap."
Format: article
By Kimberly Bowen.
Real-world approaches to reading
Techniques for providing children with the literacy-rich environment that is crucial to both reading and writing success.
By Alta Allen.
Science Family Fun Night
One night a month Vivian Smith opens her classroom to families where they work together to solve logic problems and conduct experiments. Learn how this science teacher increases family involvement in her students' education and find ideas for science experiments, webquests, projects, and construction contests.
By Waverly Harrell.
Teach what you love
Stephen Mullaney works as a half-time ESL resource teacher/half-time second grade language arts teacher at Club Boulevard Elementary in Durham. This article focuses on his advice for teachers working with ESL students.
Format: article
By Sydney Brown.
To know them is to teach them
We must maintain high standards and expectations, incorporate students' experiences into the curriculum, and use culturally relevant materials.
By Barbara Rush.
Two paths to knowledge
For students who who always finish their class work early or want more information than you have time to give, try curriculum compacting.
Format: article
By Waverly Harrell.
When teachers don't understand
Teaching should be informed not only by the content of the discipline but also by the lives of the students.
Format: article
By Bobby Hobgood, Ed.D..
Writing and English as a Second Language
Strategies for helping English Language Learners throughout the writing process.
Format: article
By Frances Hoch.

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All Kinds of Minds
A program for educators, families, and clinicians to help identify the strengths and weaknesses in a student's ability to learn and create an individualized plan to help them succeed. (Learn more)
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Council for Exceptional Children
“The CEC works both with policy educators and legislators at all levels to develop programs, policies, and initiatives that promote:Educational practices that appropriately identify students from diverse cultures who receive special education and/or... (Learn more)
Format: website