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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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    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.
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    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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Sony Music/Sony Electronics - $23,452.83 spent on 14 trips
76.2% spent on Democratic Party
2.9% spent on Independent Party
20.9% spent on Republican Party

ACEVEDO-VILA, ANIBAL - Democratic Party
April 19, 2002 - April 21, 2002 (3 days)
Leesburg, VA
Purpose - Tri Caucus Retreat
Total Cost - $719.62

ACEVEDO-VILA, ANIBAL - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
Puerto Rico
Purpose - Tri-Caucus Retreat
Total Cost - $1,450.72

BECERRA, XAVIER - Democratic Party
April 19, 2002 - April 20, 2002 (2 days)
Leesburg, VA
Co-sponsor(s): Altria, Coca Cola Enterprises Inc
Purpose - Congressional Tri-Caucus Retreat
Total Cost - $299.00

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
July 17, 2003 - July 18, 2003 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Tour Sony Studios and participate in meetings with Sony officials
Total Cost - $823.08

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
April 15, 2003 - April 15, 2003 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Visit Sony music studios, Press Play joint venture and meet with music industry representatives regarding privacy and intellectual property concerns.
Total Cost - $680.00

HONDA, MIKE - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - Tri-caucus retreat in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Total Cost - $1,709.22

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Co-sponsor(s): Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Purpose - Tri-Caucus Congressional Conference
Total Cost - $1,566.51

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
October 24, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (3 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - Fact-finding operated by Sony Music
Total Cost - $1,000.21

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Co-sponsor(s): Altria, CNN - Late Edition, Pfizer, Inc., Coca Cola Enterprises Inc, Fannie Mae, AstraZeneca, Aventis, Eli Lilly Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Puerto Rico Telephone
Purpose - "Tri-Caucus Retreat" to improve relationships between member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; the Cong. Black Caucus and the Cong/ Asian Pacific American Caucus
Total Cost - $5,736.66

SANCHEZ, LINDA - Democratic Party
October 4, 2003 - October 6, 2003 (3 days)
Mexico City, Mexico - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - congressional tri-caucus retreat
Total Cost - $1,583.96

SCARBOROUGH, CHARLES JOSEPH - Republican Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose - study intellectual property issues, online music technology, etc.
Total Cost - $1,118.26

GRAHAM, LINDSEY OLIN - Republican Party
January 10, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (7 days)
Honolulu, HI
Purpose - Keynote, Sony Open Forum 2005 "Era of Convergence: Re-examining its Threats and Opportunities"
Total Cost - $3,793.00

WATT, MELVIN L - Democratic Party
January 28, 2005 - January 30, 2005 (3 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - To participate in briefings, demonstrations and discussions related to the music industry
Total Cost - $695.01

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
Puerto Rico
Co-sponsor(s): Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Purpose - Congressional Tri Caucus retreat
Total Cost - $2,277.58

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