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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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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    "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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U.S.-Japan Legislative Exchange Program - $40,213.18 spent on 10 trips
39.6% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
60.4% spent on Republican Party

FALEOMAVAEGA, ENI - Democratic Party
December 2, 2003 - December 4, 2003 (3 days)
South Korea
Purpose - to promote exchanges between the U.S. and Japan on trade and economic issues
Total Cost - $448.02

HONDA, MIKE - Democratic Party
December 2, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (6 days)
Tokyo, Japan
Purpose - Legislative exchange and meeting with Japanese Diet Members to discuss issues of concern to both nations
Total Cost - $1,394.42

HONDA, MIKE - Democratic Party
December 3, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (5 days)
Tokyo, Japan
Purpose - U.S. Japan Economic Agenda, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, under a grant from the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission
Total Cost -

MCDERMOTT, JAMES A - Democratic Party
January 7, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (5 days)
Tokyo, Japan
Purpose - 26th US-Japan Legislative Exchange Program
Total Cost - $5,685.31

MCDERMOTT, JAMES A - Democratic Party
December 2, 2003 - December 6, 2003 (5 days)
Tokyo, Japan
Purpose - Legislative exchange with Japanese Diet Members to discuss mutual national issues
Total Cost - $857.56

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
November 25, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (8 days)
Hong Kong - Tokyo, Japan
Co-sponsor(s):
Purpose - U.S.-Japan Legislative Exchange
Total Cost - $7,875.39

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
January 4, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (8 days)
Singapore - Tokyo, Japan
Purpose - legislative exchange program
Total Cost - $7,619.37

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
November 30, 2003 - December 5, 2003 (6 days)
Tokyo, Japan
Purpose - U.S. Japan Legislative Exchange Program
Total Cost - $8,790.54

WEINER, ANTHONY D - Democratic Party
January 7, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (5 days)
Tokyo, Japan
Purpose - attend 26th legislative exchange program meetings, discussions with Japanese legislators
Total Cost - $7,542.57

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