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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

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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Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers - $13,424.99 spent on 10 trips
31.1% spent on Democratic Party
12.1% spent on Independent Party
56.8% spent on Republican Party

BARTON, JOE L - Republican Party
January 5, 2004 - January 6, 2004 (2 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - To meet auto industry executives and attend the North American International Auto Show in Detroit
Total Cost - $1,217.82

BASS, CHARLES F - Republican Party
January 8, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV - Detroit, MI
Purpose - to represent the Commerce Comm. at a CEA conference
Total Cost - $1,542.06

BASS, CHARLES F - Republican Party
January 4, 2004 - January 6, 2004 (3 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - Fact-finding mtg. In Detroit, MI
Total Cost - $1,917.63

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
January 5, 2004 - January 6, 2004 (2 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - fact-finding meeting
Total Cost - $737.89

CARPER, THOMAS R - Democratic Party
January 3, 2004 - January 4, 2004 (2 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - Fact finding meeting in Detroit, MI
Total Cost - $1,554.79

STEARNS, CLIFFORD B - Republican Party
January 9, 2005 - January 11, 2005 (3 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - Fact-finding trip to learn more about current issues facing automobile industry
Total Cost - $1,770.00

HAGEL, CHARLES T - Republican Party
August 16, 2004 - August 17, 2004 (2 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $442.20

GONZALEZ, CHARLES A - Democratic Party
January 9, 2005 - January 11, 2005 (3 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - Fact finding trip
Total Cost - $1,606.20

RUSH, BOBBY LEE - Independent Party
January 9, 2005 - January 11, 2005 (3 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - Three day fact finding meeting
Total Cost - $1,620.40

KILDEE, DALE E - Democratic Party
January 6, 2004 - January 6, 2004 (1 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - Tour of the North American Automobile show
Total Cost - $1,016.00

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