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Teaching Teachers

Research shows good teaching makes a big difference in how much kids learn. But the United States lacks an effective system for training new teachers or helping them get better once they're on the job. This documentary examines why, and asks what it would take to improve American teaching on a wide scale. We meet researchers who are trying to understand what makes teaching complex, and how to determine whether someone is ready to be a teacher. We also visit U.S. schools that are taking a page from Japan and radically rethinking the way they approach the idea of teacher improvement.

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    In 1993, a group of researchers set out to do something that had never been done before. They would hire a videographer to travel across the United States and record a random sample of eighth-grade math classes. What they found revealed a lot about American teaching.
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    In the United States, teaching isn't treated as a profession that requires extensive training like law or medicine. Teaching is seen as something you can figure out on your own, if you have a natural gift for it. But looking for gifted people won't work to fill the nation's classrooms with teachers who know what they're doing.
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    In the United States, we tend to think that improving education is about improving teachers - recruiting better ones, firing bad ones. But the Japanese think about improving teaching. It's a very different idea.
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    "What you do when you’re teaching is you think about other people’s thinking. You don’t think about your own thinking; you think what other people think. That’s really hard." -Deborah Ball

American RadioWorks |
teaching-teachers

Teaching Teachers

Research shows good teaching makes a big difference in how much kids learn. But the United States lacks an effective system for training new teachers or helping them get better once they're on the job. This documentary examines why, and asks what it would take to improve American teaching on a wide scale. We meet researchers who are trying to understand what makes teaching complex, and how to determine whether someone is ready to be a teacher. We also visit U.S. schools that are taking a page from Japan and radically rethinking the way they approach the idea of teacher improvement.

Recent Posts

  • 08.27.15

    An American way of teaching

    In 1993, a group of researchers set out to do something that had never been done before. They would hire a videographer to travel across the United States and record a random sample of eighth-grade math classes. What they found revealed a lot about American teaching.
  • 08.27.15

    Rethinking teacher preparation

    In the United States, teaching isn't treated as a profession that requires extensive training like law or medicine. Teaching is seen as something you can figure out on your own, if you have a natural gift for it. But looking for gifted people won't work to fill the nation's classrooms with teachers who know what they're doing.
  • 08.27.15

    A different approach to teacher learning: Lesson study

    In the United States, we tend to think that improving education is about improving teachers - recruiting better ones, firing bad ones. But the Japanese think about improving teaching. It's a very different idea.
  • 08.27.15

    Thinking about math from someone else’s perspective

    "What you do when you’re teaching is you think about other people’s thinking. You don’t think about your own thinking; you think what other people think. That’s really hard." -Deborah Ball

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CHANDLER, BEN, Democratic Party
Kentucky

Total number of trips - 3
Total cost of trips - $58,290.28

Average cost per trip - $19,430.09
Total number of days spent traveling - 28 days
Rank of representative - 99 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - April 11, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Moscow, Russia - Vienna, Austria - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - met with Russian government officials and civic groups about the current economic conditions and investment climate and how it will affect our relations. Met with Slovakian government officials and banking interests regarding the transition to the market
Notes - spouse, Jennifer Chandler

Travel Cost - $14,284.60
Lodging Cost - $1,050.00
Meal Cost - $2,450.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $17,784.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Intl Management & Development Institute
Dates - February 20, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany - Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Purpose - US-French Congressional Roundtable; US-German Roundtable; Congressional visit to Liechtenstein
Notes - Lexington, KY - Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany - Vaduz, Liechtenstein - Lexington, KY

Travel Cost - $7,500.80
Lodging Cost - $1,866.00
Meal Cost - $1,750.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,116.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Australian Govt, American Australian Assn
Dates - November 3, 2004 - November 14, 2004 (12 days)
Location(s) - Sydney, Australia - Melbourne, Australia - Cairns, Australia

Purpose - Meet with representatives of the Australian government and Australian civic and business organizations to discuss international relations
Notes - Lexington, KY - Sydney, Australia - Melbourne, Australia - Cairns, Australia - Sydney, Australia - Lexington, KY. [Personal financial disclosure statement also shows sponsor of American Australin Assn.]

Travel Cost - $26,316.26
Lodging Cost - $1,997.70
Meal Cost - $651.84
Other Cost - $423.08
Total Cost - $29,388.88

Additional family members - Yes

American RadioWorks |
teaching-teachers

Teaching Teachers

Research shows good teaching makes a big difference in how much kids learn. But the United States lacks an effective system for training new teachers or helping them get better once they're on the job. This documentary examines why, and asks what it would take to improve American teaching on a wide scale. We meet researchers who are trying to understand what makes teaching complex, and how to determine whether someone is ready to be a teacher. We also visit U.S. schools that are taking a page from Japan and radically rethinking the way they approach the idea of teacher improvement.

Recent Posts

  • 08.27.15

    An American way of teaching

    In 1993, a group of researchers set out to do something that had never been done before. They would hire a videographer to travel across the United States and record a random sample of eighth-grade math classes. What they found revealed a lot about American teaching.
  • 08.27.15

    Rethinking teacher preparation

    In the United States, teaching isn't treated as a profession that requires extensive training like law or medicine. Teaching is seen as something you can figure out on your own, if you have a natural gift for it. But looking for gifted people won't work to fill the nation's classrooms with teachers who know what they're doing.
  • 08.27.15

    A different approach to teacher learning: Lesson study

    In the United States, we tend to think that improving education is about improving teachers - recruiting better ones, firing bad ones. But the Japanese think about improving teaching. It's a very different idea.
  • 08.27.15

    Thinking about math from someone else’s perspective

    "What you do when you’re teaching is you think about other people’s thinking. You don’t think about your own thinking; you think what other people think. That’s really hard." -Deborah Ball