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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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AOL-Time Warner - $17,754.24 spent on 13 trips
87.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
13.0% spent on Republican Party

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
June 24, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Conference with executive officers and legal staff of AOL- TW regarding legislation relating its on-line music distribution services
Total Cost - $910.00

FORD, HAROLD E JR - Democratic Party
January 7, 2002 - January 8, 2002 (2 days)
Atlanta, GA
Purpose - speaking -- award recipient
Total Cost - $633.99

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
January 8, 2001 - January 9, 2001 (2 days)
Atlanta, GA
Purpose - Trumpet Awards and Dinner
Total Cost - $472.22

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Co-sponsor(s): Sony Music, Altria, Pfizer, Inc., Coca Cola Enterprises Inc, Fannie Mae, AstraZeneca, Aventis, Eli Lilly Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Puerto Rico Telephone
Purpose - "Tri-Caucus Retreat" to improve relationships between member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; the Cong. Black Caucus and the Cong/ Asian Pacific American Caucus
Total Cost - $5,736.66

WATERS, MAXINE - Democratic Party
January 5, 2002 - January 8, 2002 (4 days)
Atlanta, GA
Purpose - recipient of the "tower of power" award at the 10th annual trumpet awards, Turner Broadcasting, guest of honor at other related events over a three-day period
Total Cost - $4,371.10

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
March 24, 2004 - March 24, 2004 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Travel from Washington to Wilmington following an appearance on "Larry King Live"
Total Cost - $638.06

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
March 18, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Senator was guest on Late Edition
Total Cost - $103.56

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
May 13, 2001 - May 13, 2001 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Senator was guest on Late Edition
Total Cost - $27.50

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
July 15, 2001 - July 15, 2001 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Senator was guest on Late Edition
Total Cost - $103.56

EMANUEL, RAHM - Democratic Party
August 13, 2004 - August 14, 2004 (2 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher"
Total Cost - $2,194.89

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
December 6, 2004 - December 6, 2004 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Appearance on CNN Program "NewsNight with Aaron Brown"
Total Cost - $250.00

ROS-LEHTINEN, ILEANA - Republican Party
March 18, 2005 - March 18, 2005 (1 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Live taping of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher
Total Cost - $1,896.00

HAYWORTH, JD - Republican Party
April 19, 2004 - April 19, 2004 (1 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Appearance on CNN's Crossfire
Total Cost - $416.70

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