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.
Good Teaching Series
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In Rome, Georgia, a program for high school students who aspire to be teachers is exposing them to the rigors of leading a class full of students now — even before they enroll in a college education program.