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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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International Brotherhood of Teamsters - $24,690.40 spent on 11 trips
76.4% spent on Democratic Party
23.6% spent on Independent Party
0.0% spent on Republican Party

BONIOR, DAVID - Democratic Party
July 17, 2000 - July 18, 2000 (2 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose -
Total Cost - $1,100.00

COSTELLO, JERRY F - Democratic Party
November 14, 2003 - November 17, 2003 (4 days)
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico - Mexico City, Mexico
Purpose - Fact finding trip on the effects of NAFTA on its 10th anniversary
Total Cost - $2,284.52

GRIJALVA, RAUL M MR. - Democratic Party
November 13, 2003 - November 15, 2003 (3 days)
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
Purpose - Study the effect of NAFTA and other international trade agreements on the US - Mexico border
Total Cost - $1,522.66

KAPTUR, MARCY - Democratic Party
November 13, 2003 - November 18, 2003 (6 days)
Mexico
Purpose - To study effects of NAFTA
Total Cost - $3,125.00

SANCHEZ, LORETTA - Democratic Party
June 24, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $478.00

SANDERS, BERNARD - Independent Party
November 13, 2003 - November 18, 2003 (6 days)
El Paso, TX - Juarez, Mexico - Mexico City, Mexico
Purpose - to study effects of trade policy and attended meetings with officials and a number of community leaders
Total Cost - $5,822.57

SCHAKOWSKY, JANICE D - Democratic Party
November 13, 2003 - November 16, 2003 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV - El Paso, TX - Mexico City, Mexico
Purpose - NAFTA tour
Total Cost - $3,819.00

STRICKLAND, TED - Democratic Party
November 13, 2003 - November 17, 2003 (5 days)
Mexico City, Mexico
Purpose - To learn more about the affects of NAFTA
Total Cost - $2,762.28

DASCHLE, THOMAS ANDREW - Democratic Party
June 25, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (1 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - keynote address
Total Cost - $1,839.00

SANCHEZ, LINDA - Democratic Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
San Salvador, El Salvador
Purpose - To monitor the status of the Soto murder investigation
Total Cost - $1,060.02

MILLER, GEORGE - Democratic Party
March 13, 2005 - March 14, 2005 (2 days)
San Diego, CA
Purpose - Featured speaker at Teamsters' annual meeting re Social Security & Multi-Employer Benefit Plans
Total Cost - $877.35

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