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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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Department of Energy - $9,188.53 spent on 9 trips
71.2% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
28.8% spent on Republican Party

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
May 12, 2000 - May 12, 2000 (1 days)
Atlanta, GA
Purpose - Panel participant at Dept. of Energy's Diversity Training Seminar
Total Cost - $737.00

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
November 13, 2003 - November 16, 2003 (4 days)
West Point, NY
Purpose - To be a guest speaker for a political science class of cadets
Total Cost - $583.22

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
May 25, 2001 - May 30, 2001 (6 days)
HI
Purpose - Fact-finding tour of housing facilities
Total Cost - $1,761.66

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
November 20, 2001 - November 26, 2001 (7 days)
Germany - Italy - Kosovo - Ireland
Purpose - Congressional fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $1,309.85

SESSIONS, JEFFERSON B - Republican Party
August 23, 2000 - August 23, 2000 (1 days)
Huntsville, AL
Co-sponsor(s): National Defense Industry Association, Army Space & Missile Defense Assoc, Air Defense Artillery Association
Purpose - speech to space and missile defense conference
Total Cost - $1,700.00

CARPER, THOMAS R - Democratic Party
January 9, 2002 - January 9, 2002 (1 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - examine Yucca Mountains. Philadelphia - Las Vegas
Total Cost - $246.50

MILLER, ZELL BRYAN - Democratic Party
June 3, 2004 - June 7, 2004 (5 days)
Normandy, France
Co-sponsor(s): Codel Warner
Purpose - visit WWII site
Total Cost - $1,902.60

CRAIG, LARRY E - Republican Party
July 23, 2004 - July 24, 2004 (2 days)
Colorado Springs, CO
Purpose - To participate in the Air Force Academy's Board of Visitors meeting
Total Cost - $947.70

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