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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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Northrop Grumman - $7,689.43 spent on 10 trips
38.3% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
61.7% spent on Republican Party

DICKS, NORM D - Democratic Party
November 10, 2003 - November 12, 2003 (3 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Briefings on global hawk, EA6B, B2 and Fire Scout programs
Total Cost - $702.00

MCINNIS, SCOTT - Republican Party
February 25, 2003 - February 25, 2003 (1 days)
Pascagoula, MS
Purpose - Mesa Verde Keel Laying
Total Cost - $1,210.00

WELDON, CURT - Republican Party
January 29, 2002 - January 29, 2002 (1 days)
Newport News, VA
Purpose - tour shipyard, educate chairman on ship-building issues
Total Cost - $865.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
April 21, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (1 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - attend Barksdale air show and tour facility
Total Cost - $1,004.75

HAGEL, CHARLES T - Republican Party
March 18, 2004 - March 18, 2004 (1 days)
Omaha, NE
Purpose - fact-finding and remarks at event
Total Cost - $635.20

HUTCHISON, KAY BAILEY - Republican Party
July 18, 2003 - July 18, 2003 (1 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Serve as sponsor for the christening of the USS San Antonio
Total Cost - $275.33

LOTT, TRENT - Republican Party
February 13, 2004 - February 14, 2004 (2 days)
Pascagoula, MS
Purpose -
Total Cost - $602.50

DICKS, NORM D - Democratic Party
November 10, 2004 - November 15, 2004 (6 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Palmdale, CA for briefings on B-2 program, Global Hawk E10 program - Space Park - El Segundo for briefings on classified programs
Total Cost - $1,234.65

SESSIONS, JEFFERSON B - Republican Party
June 27, 2005 - June 27, 2005 (1 days)
Huntsville, AL
Purpose - Ground breaking ceremony for Northrop Grumman facility in Huntsville
Total Cost - $580.00

SESSIONS, JEFFERSON B - Republican Party
October 24, 2005 - October 24, 2005 (1 days)
Mobile, AL
Purpose - Ground-breaking ceremony for Northrop Grumman facility in Alabama
Total Cost - $580.00

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