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Join The Conversation: “What Is Good Teaching?”
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Join The Conversation: “What Is Good Teaching?”

Please help public media stations across the South better understand a very basic question – What is good teaching? Share your knowledge and insights on what you think makes a good teacher here.

Photo taken by Yun Mi Park at Kelly Mill Elementary School in Cumming, Georgia.
Community / Good Teaching Series

What Is Good Teaching? Why I Teach (Teacher Blog)

I believe in the ability of knowledge and learning to empower and free students, even those who will have an uphill battle most of their lives. Being a teacher allows me to indulge my love for learning while equipping the next generation to achieve.

Darrell Threet hands out photocopies of an old high school algebra book to students in his sixth grade algebra class.
Audio / Good Teaching Series / Tennessee / Video

“What Is Good Teaching?” Series: Grade School Algebra Adds Up To Better Test Scores

Algebra’s usually a high school math class. But in Cumberland County, Tennessee, teacher Darrell Threet decided nine and ten year olds could learn it. And the test scores are proving him right. The Southern Education Desk Good Teaching series continues from East Tennesse.

North Georgia College and State University junior Michelle Olden assists students in Anita Ledbetter's first grade class at Lumpkin County Elementary School.
Audio / Georgia / Good Teaching Series

“What Is Good Teaching?” Series: Residency Programs Bring Student Teachers Into Classrooms, Full-Time

Ask any teacher about their first day standing in front of a class, and they’ll likely tell you a story about being terrified. But one Georgia university is trying to solve that problem by dramatically increasing the amount of time their student teachers spend in classrooms.

“What Is Good Teaching?” Series: Calculus Teacher Benita Albert Leaves A 40-Year Legacy
Audio / Good Teaching Series / Tennessee

“What Is Good Teaching?” Series: Calculus Teacher Benita Albert Leaves A 40-Year Legacy

After 42 years in a classroom, earning awards all the way up to a Presidential Award for Mathematics Teaching, and leading hundreds of regional AP calculus trainings, Benita Albert officially called it quits this summer. As part of our Good Teaching Series, Christine Jessel explores the legacy she leaves behind.

Micah Everson shares his love for Latin - yes, the so-called dead language - with intercity teens. Photo by Annie Gilbertson.
Audio / Good Teaching Series / Making The Grade / Mississippi

“What Is Good Teaching?” Series: May The Force Be With You

Inner city schools are tough places. In Jackson, Mississippi, only 60 percent of the kids make it out with a diploma, and far fewer leave ready for college work. But on occasion, a teacher can nurture a science scholar or even get a whole class to geek-out on grammar.

A Good Teaching Series “Play By Play”
Alabama / Audio / Good Teaching Series

A Good Teaching Series “Play By Play”

In some ways, teaching is like sports: there’s a lot that’s unseen by the untrained eye. That’s one reason post-game analysis is popular. So why not do that for something vital to our future? Southern Education Desk reporter Dan Carsen used to be a teacher and a teacher-trainer. As part of our series “What Makes Good Teaching,” he offers a radio play-by-play from Birmingham.

What Is Good Teaching? You Weigh In, Part Two
American Graduate / Community / Good Teaching Series

What Is Good Teaching? You Weigh In, Part Two

For the past three months, our reporters have been exploring what it means to be a good teacher. We also wanted to hear from our surrounding communities, so we asked our audience to share with us advice they would give to administrators to help foster good teachers.

What Is Good Teaching? You Weigh In, Part One
American Graduate / Community / Good Teaching Series

What Is Good Teaching? You Weigh In, Part One

For the past three months, our reporters have been exploring what it means to be a good teacher. We also wanted to hear from our surrounding communities, so we asked our audience to tell us about their experiences with good teachers.

Photo provided by Amy Gregory.
Community / Good Teaching Series

“I’m Done, Now What?” The Key (Ring) To Teaching Writing

Beginning Writer’s Workshop can be an exciting time in a classroom as students enjoy decorating their notebooks and jotting down their potential story ideas. But how do you enable students to improve their piece throughout the process?

Merrol Hyde Magnet School, Hendersonville,
American Graduate / Good Teaching Series / Making The Grade / Tennessee / Video

Four Tennessee Schools Ranked Among the Best in the Country

Four public high schools in Middle Tennessee lead the state and have Gold Medal status in the annual ranking of best high schools by U.S. News and World Report. Gold Medal schools are among the top 500 in preparing students for college. The overall rankings also considers student test scores and other factors.

Mark Coleman teaches Social Studies at Booker T Washington Magnet High School in Montgomery, Alabama.
Alabama / Good Teaching Series / Teaching Technology / Video

Fund For Teachers Grants Fuel Passion-Based Learning (Video)

Fund for Teachers is a Texas-based non-profit organization that gives grants to teachers to let them explore their interests and re-energize their role in the classroom. Each teacher selected gets to design his or her own course of study around his or her passions. For example, here’s the story of Mark Coleman, who teaches Social Studies at Booker T Washington Magnet High School in Montgomery Alabama.

Amy Weems, Candidate for Louisiana Middle School Teacher of the Year
Audio / Good Teaching Series / Louisiana

“What is Good Teaching?” Lessons Beyond the Classroom

Time spent in junior high school represents an important transition period for students as they move from childhood into their teenage years. The best teachers reflect on the importance of these changes in a child’s life, and incorporate their understanding into the classroom setting. A middle school teacher of the year candidate and one of her students explain the process.

Monroe City School District's Middle School Teacher of the year, Anthony Pitts, instructs his students. Photo by John Hughes
Audio / Good Teaching Series / Louisiana

“What is Good Teaching?” Series: Experience, Energy, Rapport

While unanimity remains elusive when trying to discover the best way to educate children, tapping into the experience of respected teachers may prove fruitful. Anthony Pitts is the City of Monroe, Louisiana’s middle school teacher of the year. Pitts offers valuable insights into how to reach and teach children.

Photo by Erica Lembo
Alabama / Good Teaching Series / Making The Grade / Video

“What is Good Teaching?” Series: “Take One Initiative” Works Towards Better-Trained Teachers

Educators recently gathered at Minor High School in Alabama — a school where significant changes are taking place. The ultimate goal is to help every child succeed through better-trained teachers. The school district is already seeing a positive change after two years.