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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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    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.
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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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Burlington Northern Santa Fe - $85,629.14 spent on 22 trips
44.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
55.1% spent on Republican Party

BACHUS, SPENCER T - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Santa Fe, NM - Solona Beach, CA
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $1,778.23

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
June 25, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (1 days)
Fort Worth, TX
Purpose - Fact finding trip
Total Cost - $1,516.75

BORSKI, ROBERT A - Democratic Party
July 5, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (5 days)
Casper, WY - Cody, WY - Jackson Hole, WY
Co-sponsor(s): Association of American Railroads
Purpose - Attend the AAR Legislative Conference
Total Cost - $7,080.00

BUYER, STEVE - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA - Santa Fe, NM - San Diego, CA
Purpose - learn about the challenges facing railroad industry and participated in a panel discussion
Total Cost - $1,570.83

CLEMENT, BOB - Democratic Party
February 22, 2001 - February 23, 2001 (2 days)
Flagstaff, AZ
Purpose - Association of American Railroads Legislative Conference
Total Cost - $5,412.14

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Santa Fe, NM
Purpose - fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $3,734.60

COSTELLO, JERRY F - Democratic Party
July 5, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (2 days)
Jackson Hole, WY
Purpose - Fact finding trip regarding rail issues
Total Cost - $3,735.88

DUNCAN, JOHN REP JR - Republican Party
July 5, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (2 days)
Cody, WY
Purpose - Participate in fact finding mission
Total Cost - $3,736.88

GRANGER, KAY N - Republican Party
January 21, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Co-sponsor(s): Association of American Railroads
Purpose - Speech at their annual legislative conference
Total Cost - $2,704.00

HOLDEN, TIM - Democratic Party
July 5, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (5 days)
Casper, WY - Cody, WY - Jackson Hole, WY
Co-sponsor(s): Association of American Railroads
Purpose - Attend the AAR legislative conference.
Total Cost - $6,150.56

LIPINSKI, WILLIAM O - Democratic Party
July 5, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (2 days)
Cody, WY
Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $3,132.36

LIPINSKI, WILLIAM O - Democratic Party
February 22, 2001 - February 23, 2001 (2 days)
Flagstaff, AZ
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $2,550.64

LIPINSKI, WILLIAM O - Democratic Party
April 22, 2003 - April 24, 2003 (3 days)
Klamath Falls, OR - Sacramento, CA
Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $6,673.98

MCINNIS, SCOTT - Republican Party
July 5, 2001 - July 8, 2001 (4 days)
Jackson Hole, WY
Co-sponsor(s): Association of American Railroads
Purpose - fact finding and conference speaker
Total Cost - $4,113.21

MCINNIS, SCOTT - Republican Party
April 22, 2003 - April 24, 2003 (3 days)
Klamath Falls, OR - Sacramento, CA
Purpose - BNSF Fact-finding Trip
Total Cost - $8,106.08

MCINNIS, SCOTT - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Santa Fe, NM - Solana Beach, CA
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $2,596.45

ROGERS, HAROLD DALLAS - Republican Party
July 5, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (2 days)
Casper, WY - Cody, WY - Moran, WY
Purpose - to inspect Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad operations
Total Cost - $3,736.88

GRANGER, KAY N - Republican Party
February 18, 2005 - February 20, 2005 (3 days)
Orlando, FL - Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - Attend Association of American Railroads Legislative Conference and NRCC Retreat
Total Cost - $3,878.00

GRANGER, KAY N - Republican Party
February 18, 2005 - February 19, 2005 (2 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - Attend Association of American Railroads Legislative Conference
Total Cost - $631.00

LATOURETTE, STEVEN C - Republican Party
June 10, 2005 - June 12, 2005 (3 days)
Seattle, WA - Whitefish, MT
Purpose - Fact finding trip to see inter-modal facilities in Seattle and meet with port officials; to see a train remote control yard along the main line
Total Cost - $4,423.85

DUNCAN, JOHN REP JR - Republican Party
June 10, 2005 - June 12, 2005 (3 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - Congressional fact finding train trip
Total Cost - $4,411.60

LEWIS, JERRY - Republican Party
August 17, 2005 - August 17, 2005 (1 days)
Los Angeles, CA - San Bernardino, CA
Purpose - Helicopter tour of rail and port facilities
Total Cost - $3,955.22

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