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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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Not specified - $17,983.61 spent on 18 trips
51.4% spent on Democratic Party
0.8% spent on Independent Party
47.8% spent on Republican Party

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
February 27, 2000 - February 28, 2000 (2 days)
San Antonio, TX
Purpose - Speaker at Black History Month Luncheon
Total Cost - $1,786.00

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
June 22, 2002 - June 22, 2002 (1 days)
Bridgeport, CT
Purpose - keynote speaker for graduation celebration and youth education day
Total Cost - $144.00

FOSSELLA, VITO MR - Republican Party
January 16, 2003 - January 17, 2003 (2 days)
The Hague, Netherlands
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $388.48

GEPHARDT, RICHARD A - Democratic Party

White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Not specified
Total Cost - $950.00

KUCINICH, DENNIS J - Democratic Party
November 12, 2000 - November 12, 2000 (1 days)
Princeton, NJ
Purpose - keynote speaker
Total Cost - $1,055.00

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
January 13, 2000 - January 14, 2000 (2 days)
Moab, UT
Purpose - Attend policy announcement and discussion with Secretary of Engergy Richardson and Rep. Chris Cannon
Total Cost - $246.32

NEAL, RICHARD E - Democratic Party
May 17, 2002 - May 20, 2002 (4 days)
Albuquerque, NM
Purpose - education seminar at Lumidigm Biometrics
Total Cost - $1,482.50

OBERSTAR, JAMES L - Democratic Party
January 31, 2002 - February 2, 2002 (3 days)
San Antonio, TX
Purpose - Not specified
Total Cost - $1,176.00

OBERSTAR, JAMES L - Democratic Party
March 24, 2003 - March 24, 2003 (1 days)
Rutgers, NJ
Purpose - speech at Rutgers University-Voorhees Transportation Center
Total Cost - $269.00

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
July 31, 2003 - August 4, 2003 (5 days)
San Diego, CA
Purpose - speak at meeting of National Motor Freight Traffic Association
Total Cost - $723.00

SHOWS, CLIFFORD RONALD - Democratic Party
March 24, 2000 - March 25, 2000 (2 days)
Huntsville, AL
Purpose - speak to a group of military retirees
Total Cost - $849.50

WELDON, CURT - Republican Party
March 6, 2000 - March 7, 2000 (2 days)
Not specified
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $122.30

WELDON, CURT - Republican Party
August 20, 2003 - August 21, 2003 (2 days)
Huntsville, AL
Purpose - keynote speech
Total Cost - $722.00

YOUNG, DON E - Republican Party
September 22, 2001 - September 23, 2001 (2 days)
Ruidoso, NM
Purpose - fact finding - Museum of American West
Total Cost - $1,483.00

HUTCHINSON, TIM - Republican Party

Eureka Springs, AR
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $761.00

GINGREY, PHILLIP J - Republican Party
August 12, 2004 - August 13, 2004 (2 days)
Little Rock, AR
Purpose - Not specified
Total Cost - $2,035.40

WAMP, ZACH - Republican Party
July 25, 2004 - August 4, 2004 (11 days)
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania - Cape Town, South Africa
Purpose - To investigate airport security, border security, port security, the World Food Program and the multi-billion AIDS programs
Total Cost - $3,077.05

BLUMENAUER, EARL - Democratic Party
May 27, 2005 - May 28, 2005 (2 days)
Phoenix, AZ
Purpose - Annual meeting WTS - Advancing women in Transportation conference speech
Total Cost - $713.06

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