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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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Corning Inc. - $14,604.45 spent on 10 trips
12.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
88.0% spent on Republican Party

BOEHLERT, SHERWOOD - Republican Party
May 30, 2001 - May 30, 2001 (1 days)
Corning, NY
Purpose - Official business, plant tours, briefings on legislation
Total Cost - $553.33

BURR, RICHARD M - Republican Party
January 5, 2000 - January 5, 2000 (1 days)
Wilmington, NC
Purpose - legislative briefing and tour
Total Cost - $828.50

BURR, RICHARD M - Republican Party
March 8, 2002 - March 10, 2002 (3 days)
Augusta, GA
Purpose - public policy conference
Total Cost - $2,469.00

GRAHAM, LINDSEY OLIN - Republican Party
March 8, 2002 - March 10, 2002 (3 days)
Augusta, GA
Purpose - Corning Public Policy conference
Total Cost - $841.00

HAYES, ROBERT C (ROBIN) - Republican Party
January 5, 2000 - January 5, 2000 (1 days)
Wilmington, NC
Purpose - Education
Total Cost - $848.50

HOUGHTON, AMORY JR - Republican Party
March 8, 2002 - March 10, 2002 (3 days)
Augusta, GA
Purpose - public policy forum
Total Cost - $2,597.06

ROGERS, HAROLD DALLAS - Republican Party
March 8, 2002 - March 10, 2002 (3 days)
Augusta, GA
Purpose - participate in public policy conference
Total Cost - $2,066.00

NICKLES, DONALD LEE - Republican Party
March 8, 2002 - March 10, 2002 (3 days)
Augusta, GA
Purpose - Participate in the Augusta Public Policy Conference
Total Cost - $2,646.56

CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM - Democratic Party
June 22, 2002 - June 22, 2002 (1 days)
Rochester, NY
Purpose - fact-finding travel. Rochester, NY - New York City
Total Cost - $388.50

CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM - Democratic Party
April 29, 2003 - April 29, 2003 (1 days)
Corning, NY
Purpose - site visit
Total Cost - $1,366.00

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