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“What is Good Teaching?” Series: Ga. Teachers “Flip” Classrooms With Technology
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“What is Good Teaching?” Series: Ga. Teachers “Flip” Classrooms With Technology

Most teachers run their classrooms in a traditional way: lecture in class and then give homework for practice and reinforcement. But some Georgia teachers are turning things around and using technology to “flip” the classroom.

What Is Good Teaching? A Reporter Returns to School
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What Is Good Teaching? A Reporter Returns to School

Parents want good teachers for their children, and across the South, states are creating policies to make that happen. Tennessee is using new teacher evaluations. The Southern Education Desk’s Christine Jessel travels back in time for a personal look at the question at the heart of these controversial evaluations: What does a good teacher look like?

What constitutes good teaching?  (Flickr)
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“What Is Good Teaching?” Series Overview

For the past year, the Southern Education Desk has been reporting on the challenges facing education in the south. One core question that has surfaced over and over again is: What is good teaching? What are the elements and how is it accomplished? The answer is….well it’s complicated. This week, Southern Education Desk journalists from 5 states begin a series of reports that will seek to provide some answers.

Wyatt Smith explains exactly where the Mandarin teacher they're all listening to is at that moment (Bejing). Photo by Dan Carsen.
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Six Inner-City Students, One Teacher Aim for China

Lack of exposure to other kinds of people, languages, and ideas is a disadvantage for poor rural and urban students across the country. Inner-city Birmingham is no exception, but six high-school students here are hoping to become exceptional . Thanks to their hard work and the efforts of a first-year teacher, they’re planning to study in China this summer.

Students who've earned time in the Wilkerson Middle School game room enjoy themselves
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Urban Birmingham School Excels Despite Odds

It’s no secret that Birmingham’s public schools are struggling. But a middle school with more than 90 percent of its students on free or reduced lunch is consistently defying expectations on the most objective measure we have: standardized tests. How? What’s going on here? A reporter who went to and taught in a similar school system goes to the source and finds out.