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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Bringing current science into the classroom
In Bringing current science into the classroom, page 1
How your students can experience current environmental research without leaving the classroom.
Format: article/best practice
By Michele Kloda and Dana Haine.
Bringing current science into the classroom
Activities for middle and high school on groundwater, water quality, and environmental stewardship have students exploring current environmental research without leaving the classroom.
Format: series (multiple pages)
CareerStart lessons: Grade six
This collection of lessons aligns the sixth grade curriculum in math, science, English language arts, and social studies with potential career opportunities.
Format: (multiple pages)
Finding, not searching
You can work smarter, not harder, by determining your searching style, learning more about what your searches return and why, and learning to look in the right place first.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.
Five tips to improve students' information evaluation
Teach your students how to separate the good online information from the bad with these five strategies.
Format: article
By Bill Ferris.
Guest of honor: A presidential banquet
In Rethinking Reports, page 1.3
A research assignment in which students plan a banquet in honor of a president.
By Melissa Thibault and David Walbert.
An introduction to teacher research
Every day, teachers develop lesson plans, evaluate student work, and share outcomes with students, parents, and administrators. Teacher research is simply a more intentional and systematic version of what good teachers already do. This article explains the basic process of teacher research, including formulation of a research question, data collection and analysis, and writing up your findings.
Format: article
By Amy Anderson.
The not-so-famous person report
In Rethinking Reports, page 3.2
Instead of teaching the history of the famous, use research in primary sources to teach students that the past and present were made by people like them.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Now what? A President considers a career change
In Rethinking Reports, page 1.2
In this alternative to the dreaded "President Report," students write a resumé for an ex-president.
By Melissa Thibault and David Walbert.
Rethinking Reports
Creative research-based assignments provide alternatives to the President Report, Animal Report, and Famous Person Report that ask students to think about old topics in new ways, work collaboratively, and develop products that support a variety of learning styles.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Tools of the trade for information seekers
A guide to understanding and using search engines, directories, and the invisible web.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.
When you don't have all the answers
Linda Dow suggests freeing yourself from the necessity to be the eternal expert and descibes techniques for sharing the responsibility for learning and teaching alongside your students.
Format: article
By Linda Dow.
A writing process
This edition presents a writing process through discussion, examples, and suggested resources to help teachers guide students through writing assignments.
Format: series (multiple pages)

Resources on the web

ACRL - Information Literacy
Tutorials and standards for information literacy. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: American Library Association
AERA: American Educational Research Association
Professional organization with practical applications of educational research results including ideas for school or policy reform and teacher education. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: AERA
North Carolina State University provides this electronic journal "dedicated to research and practice of computer technology in middle school classrooms." (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: North Carolina State Univerity