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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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    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

    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

    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
  • 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.

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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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.

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Lockheed Martin - $7,415.65 spent on 12 trips
57.5% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
42.5% spent on Republican Party

ADERHOLT, ROBERT B - Republican Party
September 30, 2003 - September 30, 2003 (1 days)
Huntsville, AL
Purpose - Speak at re-opening of Lockheed-Martin's Courtland, AL facility
Total Cost - $661.00

PICKERING, CHARLES W JR - Republican Party
February 24, 2001 - February 24, 2001 (1 days)
Meridian, MS
Purpose - Attend event at Lockheed-Martin plant in Meridian
Total Cost - $612.00

PICKERING, CHARLES W JR - Republican Party
July 8, 2003 - July 8, 2003 (1 days)
Meridian, MS
Purpose - A workplace shooting occurred at the Lockheed martin facility in Lauderdale County. I traveled to visit the plant, law enforcement and the victims in the hospital to assist in a very tragic situation
Total Cost - $515.00

BURNS, CONRAD R - Republican Party
December 15, 2003 - December 15, 2003 (1 days)
Marietta, GA
Purpose - Tour and fact-finding with Montana Company - summit Engineering
Total Cost - $488.00

HOLLINGS, ERNEST F - Democratic Party
January 30, 2003 - January 30, 2003 (1 days)
Greenville, SC
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $800.00

SESSIONS, JEFFERSON B - Republican Party
September 30, 2002 - September 30, 2002 (1 days)
Huntsville, AL
Purpose - Tour of Lockheed-Martin Courtland facility
Total Cost - $661.00

CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM - Democratic Party
October 29, 2001 - October 29, 2001 (1 days)
Buffalo, NY - Binghamton, NY
Purpose - Official fact-finding travel.
Total Cost - $1,031.75

CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM - Democratic Party
January 30, 2004 - January 30, 2004 (1 days)
Binghamton, NY
Purpose - briefing and tour
Total Cost - $1,500.00

CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM - Democratic Party
July 23, 2004 - July 23, 2004 (1 days)
Albany, NY
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $520.00

CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM - Democratic Party
January 28, 2005 - January 28, 2005 (1 days)
Binghamton, NY
Purpose - Official announcement
Total Cost - $410.00

WARNER, JOHN WILLIAM - Republican Party
April 11, 2005 - April 11, 2005 (1 days)
Suffolk, VA
Purpose - Tour new facility
Total Cost - $216.90

GRANGER, KAY N - Republican Party
July 8, 2004 - July 8, 2004 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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.