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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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  • 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

Back to all reports

Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association - $23,574.90 spent on 16 trips
26.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
73.1% spent on Republican Party

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
June 11, 2004 - June 13, 2004 (3 days)
Hot Springs, VA
Purpose - speech to conference on issues to be debated during reopening of the 1996 Telcom Act in 2005.
Total Cost - $520.00

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
May 12, 2000 - May 14, 2000 (3 days)
Hot Springs, VA
Purpose - to attend the CTIA retreat
Total Cost - $2,030.90

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
May 4, 2001 - May 6, 2001 (3 days)
Hot Springs, VA
Purpose - Participate on panel discussion of technology policy issues at CTIA annual policy meeting.
Total Cost - $1,087.36

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
May 3, 2002 - May 5, 2002 (3 days)
Hot Springs, VA
Purpose - conference on telecommunications issues.
Total Cost - $958.51

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
May 16, 2003 - May 18, 2003 (3 days)
Hot Springs, VA
Purpose - Not specified
Total Cost - $1,285.88

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
March 21, 2004 - March 23, 2004 (3 days)
Atlanta, GA
Purpose - to participate in the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association's annual convention
Total Cost - $1,718.80

MCCRERY, JAMES OTIS III - Republican Party
February 26, 2000 - February 27, 2000 (2 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Telecommunications conference
Total Cost - $1,045.00

PICKERING, CHARLES W JR - Republican Party
January 27, 2000 - January 28, 2000 (2 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - CTIA Wireless 2000 convention
Total Cost - $1,225.00

PICKERING, CHARLES W JR - Republican Party
May 4, 2001 - May 6, 2001 (3 days)
Hot Springs, VA
Purpose - Speech and participate in panel discussions on wireless industry
Total Cost - $774.70

PICKERING, CHARLES W JR - Republican Party
February 27, 2001 - February 28, 2001 (2 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - CTIA Wireless 2000 Convention
Total Cost - $1,225.00

PICKERING, CHARLES W JR - Republican Party
March 17, 2002 - March 18, 2002 (2 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - 2002 wireless convention
Total Cost - $934.09

TAUZIN, WILBERT J II - Republican Party
March 16, 2003 - March 17, 2003 (2 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Speaker, annual conference
Total Cost - $2,743.42

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
March 16, 2003 - March 17, 2003 (2 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - CTIA annual conference
Total Cost - $2,783.42

WYNN, ALBERT - Democratic Party
May 3, 2002 - May 5, 2002 (3 days)
VA
Purpose - members and executives of wireless industry discuss matters affecting the wireless industry
Total Cost - $1,486.49

WYNN, ALBERT - Democratic Party
June 11, 2004 - June 13, 2004 (3 days)
Hot Springs, VA
Purpose - 5th Annual Policy Retreat
Total Cost - $2,622.73

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
June 11, 2004 - June 13, 2004 (3 days)
Hot Springs, VA
Purpose - To participate in CTIA's annual policy conference
Total Cost - $1,133.60

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