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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Connecting with colleagues: No tricks, all treat!
In The First Year, page 2.4
You're busy, but making time for conversation with colleagues will pay off in the long run.
Format: article
By Kristi Johnson Smith.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.
I know who they are, but who am I?
In The First Year, page 3.10
In your efforts to build relationships with your students, be sure to maintain your status as their teacher.
Format: article
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
March Madness and relationship-building
In The First Year, page 3.9
Taking time away from instruction to build relationships with your students can pay off in the long run.
Format: article
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
New beginnings
In The First Year, page 2.11
Treat January as an opportunity to start fresh, in your relationships with students and colleagues and in your classroom management and instruction.
Format: article
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
Our students: Not just ours, and not just students
In The First Year, page 3.7
Often, your difficulties with students will have nothing to do with your actions, your classroom management, or your school.
Format: article
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
Three weeks and counting: What winter break might really mean
In The First Year, page 2.9
Your students might not be looking forward to a break in their routine as much as you think.
Format: article
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
Valentine's Day: Love it? Or love it not?
In The First Year, page 3.5
Don't let holidays overwhelm the focus on learning.
Format: article
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
Welcome back!
In The First Year, page 3.1
Many of my friends are in professions other than teaching, and one January evening I listened as one of those friends described how much he loved the first day back at work after the winter holidays. He detailed that day, depicting a slow morning devoted to...
By Kristi Johnson Smith.
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.
You (yes, you!) are making a difference: The power of a single phrase
In The First Year, page 2.5
A teacher's goal is to reach every student, but while you are working on big issues and ideals, take advantage of the small moments that your position affords you.
Format: article
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.