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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 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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    "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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SCOTT, ROBERT C BOBBY, Democratic Party
Virginia

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $4,396.56

Average cost per trip - $732.76
Total number of days spent traveling - 15 days
Rank of representative - 510 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Amistad America, Inc.
Dates - March 23, 2000 - March 25, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mystic Seaport, CT

Purpose - Educational tour for CBCF
Notes -

Travel Cost - $500.69
Lodging Cost - $224.00
Meal Cost - $173.80
Other Cost - $56.00
Total Cost - $954.49

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic, Humpty Dumpty Institute
Dates - June 16, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Educational trip to New York City with Congressional Black Caucus
Notes -

Travel Cost - $160.40
Lodging Cost - $445.68
Meal Cost - $45.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $651.08

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - April 19, 2002 - April 19, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - retreat
Notes - lodging includes meals. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $299.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $299.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - October 24, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - tri-caucus retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $189.09
Lodging Cost - $549.70
Meal Cost - $424.68
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,163.47

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Bar Assn
Dates - August 10, 2004 - August 12, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Charlotte, NC

Purpose - Speaker
Notes - Washington, DC - Charlotte, NC - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $646.76
Lodging Cost - $283.76
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,030.52

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NAACP
Dates - July 10, 2004 - July 11, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Speaker
Notes - "Travel Not Reimbursed". [assumed destination]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $298.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $298.00

Additional family members - No

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