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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.

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  • 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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Information Technology Industry Council - $15,105.54 spent on 11 trips
94.6% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
5.4% spent on Republican Party

BECERRA, XAVIER - Democratic Party
January 21, 2002 - January 23, 2002 (3 days)
San Jose, CA
Purpose - Congressional Hispanic Caucus High Tech Community visit
Total Cost - $1,139.50

BROWN, CORRINE - Democratic Party
April 26, 2001 - April 29, 2001 (4 days)
Dallas, TX
Purpose - Focus on how technology can be utilized to improve the quality of life in the Congressional District and to empower constituents.
Total Cost - $1,994.10

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
April 26, 2001 - April 29, 2001 (4 days)
Columbia, SC
Purpose - Tour high tech facilities and educational institutions
Total Cost - $1,173.20

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
April 20, 2001 - April 22, 2001 (3 days)
Dallas, TX
Purpose - CBC High Tech Summit
Total Cost - $1,043.55

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
April 26, 2001 - April 29, 2001 (4 days)
Dallas, TX
Purpose - Technology fact-finding tour
Total Cost - $1,747.05

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
April 26, 2001 - April 28, 2001 (3 days)
Dallas, TX
Purpose - Fact-finding tour with information technology expert
Total Cost - $960.70

MCKEON, HOWARD P - Republican Party
April 17, 2000 - April 18, 2000 (2 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Tour Hi-Tech Companies
Total Cost - $814.00

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
April 26, 2001 - April 29, 2001 (4 days)
Dallas, TX
Purpose - CBC Technology Summit
Total Cost - $1,782.05

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
January 21, 2002 - January 23, 2002 (3 days)
Silicon Valley, CA
Purpose - Congressional Hispanic Caucus visit to foster better relations with the high-tech industry and minorities.
Total Cost - $1,188.69

OWENS, MAJOR ROBERT - Democratic Party
April 26, 2001 - April 27, 2001 (2 days)
Dallas, TX
Purpose - congressional black caucus technology summit
Total Cost - $924.20

REYES, SILVESTRE - Democratic Party
January 21, 2002 - January 23, 2002 (3 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - fact-finding and educational
Total Cost - $2,338.50

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