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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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    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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Center for International Policy - $30,577.19 spent on 18 trips
81.9% spent on Democratic Party
8.0% spent on Independent Party
10.1% spent on Republican Party

BERRY, MARION - Democratic Party
May 28, 2000 - May 31, 2000 (4 days)
Cuba
Purpose - Fact finding trip/discuss impact of UN embargo.
Total Cost - $1,874.00

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
July 26, 2003 - July 31, 2003 (6 days)
Cuba
Purpose - Cuba
Total Cost - $2,140.00

FARR, SAM - Democratic Party
February 8, 2002 - February 11, 2002 (4 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - educational
Total Cost - $1,029.00

FILNER, BOB - Democratic Party
February 8, 2002 - February 11, 2002 (4 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $1,205.00

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
June 29, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (4 days)
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Purpose - to demonstrate solidarity in the Environmental Movement of Olancho's March for Life. A march in protest of illegal logging in the Honduras and the system that corrupts it
Total Cost - $1,628.00

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
February 21, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (4 days)
Cuba
Co-sponsor(s): Urbanists International
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $1,380.00

MORAN, JERRY - Republican Party
April 16, 2001 - April 19, 2001 (4 days)
Cuba
Purpose - examine agricultural trade opportunities in Cuba
Total Cost - $932.00

REHBERG, DENNIS R - Republican Party
September 12, 2003 - September 15, 2003 (4 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - fact-finding
Total Cost - $2,150.00

STENHOLM, CHARLIE W - Democratic Party
April 23, 2000 - April 26, 2000 (4 days)
Cuba
Purpose - fact-finding trip on international prescription drug cost differential
Total Cost - $1,299.69

THOMPSON, MIKE - Democratic Party
April 16, 2001 - April 19, 2001 (4 days)
Cuba
Purpose - To meet with Cuban government officials, trade representatives and US interest section officials
Total Cost - $1,494.50

THOMPSON, MIKE - Democratic Party
February 8, 2002 - February 11, 2002 (4 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - educational exchange/fact-finding
Total Cost - $2,410.00

BOXER, BARBARA - Democratic Party
April 19, 2002 - April 22, 2002 (4 days)
Cuba
Purpose - California Trade
Total Cost - $1,910.00

HARKIN, THOMAS RICHARD - Democratic Party
April 21, 2003 - April 24, 2003 (4 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $2,386.00

LINCOLN, BLANCHE LAMBERT - Democratic Party
May 28, 2000 - May 31, 2000 (4 days)
Cuba
Purpose - fact-finding mission
Total Cost - $1,197.00

BAUCUS, MAX - Democratic Party
September 13, 2003 - September 15, 2003 (3 days)
Cuba
Purpose - Fact-finding mission
Total Cost - $600.00

CONRAD, KENT - Democratic Party
February 19, 2003 - February 23, 2003 (5 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - fact finding mission primarily in the area of agriculture
Total Cost - $4,142.00

MCGOVERN, JAMES P - Democratic Party
January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Santa Barbara, CA
Purpose - Speaker at conference on the future of US-Cuba policy
Total Cost - $350.00

JEFFORDS, JAMES M - Independent Party
April 29, 2005 - May 4, 2005 (6 days)
Cuba
Purpose - To encourage greater trade with the State of Vermont and to investigate the current political and economic status of Cuba
Total Cost - $2,450.00

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