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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The “who cares” approach: Long-term benefits
Using classroom footage and teacher interviews, this video addresses the long-term benefits to students of using assignments based on real-world perspectives. Teachers from elementary, middle, and high school share observations and success stories. This video...
Format: video/video
“Who cares” in action: Formative and summative assessment
Using teacher interviews and classroom footage, this video illustrates how using perspectives-based assignments can improve classroom instruction and assessment. Teachers from elementary, middle, and high school discuss how this approach contributes to effective...
Format: video/video
African American Male Literacy Bibliography
Format: document
African American Male Literacy Chat Transcript
Format: document
Alexis Gines
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Alternative discussion formats
Class discussions often take one of two forms — either question-and-answer sessions, in which the teacher throws out questions and students answer them, or debates. Both of these formats are useful, but adding a few more ideas to your teaching repertoire can make for more variety in the classroom and provide more opportunities for engaging discussions. This edition explains how to manage dicussions in the form of a public relations campaign, a trial, a talk show, or the design of monuments, memorials, and museum exhibits.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Angel with the Key to the Bottomless Pit
Angel with the Key to the Bottomless Pit
Woodcut by Albrecht Dürer.
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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
Arabic I | 1 عربي
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Are you prepared to meet the literacy needs of African American male youth?
The need for quality literacy education is strong, particularly for certain underserved populations. One group in critical need of improved literacy instruction is African American males. According to the National Association for Educational Progress 2011...
Format: video/presentation