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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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Yale Alumni Association - $10,251.23 spent on 12 trips
68.7% spent on Democratic Party
4.5% spent on Independent Party
26.8% spent on Republican Party

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
June 4, 2003 - June 5, 2003 (2 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - speech on Nursing and Public Policy
Total Cost - $1,032.00

EHLERS, VERNON J - Republican Party
May 2, 2002 - May 3, 2002 (2 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - speech at major symposium
Total Cost - $964.00

FRANK, BARNEY - Democratic Party
February 22, 2002 - February 23, 2002 (2 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - participation in Judge Higginbotham Conference
Total Cost - $475.85

NORTON, ELEANOR HOLMES - Democratic Party
February 22, 2002 - February 23, 2002 (2 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - To deliver the opening address at the Race, Values and the American Legal Process dinner/conference
Total Cost - $410.58

PRICE, DAVID E - Democratic Party
March 30, 2001 - April 1, 2001 (3 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - Speech at Yale Political Science Alumni Reunion
Total Cost - $308.00

RIVERS, LYNN NANCY - Democratic Party
March 4, 2002 - March 5, 2002 (2 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - deliver keynote speech at Yale Political Union meeting
Total Cost - $632.00

MOYNIHAN, DANIEL PATRICK - Democratic Party
May 21, 2000 - May 22, 2000 (2 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - receive honorary degree
Total Cost - $1,710.00

MOYNIHAN, DANIEL PATRICK - Democratic Party
September 22, 2000 - September 23, 2000 (2 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $840.84

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
July 6, 2004 - July 6, 2004 (1 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - Keynote speaker - Yale Howard Partnership Center on Reducing Health Disparities Yale University
Total Cost - $465.00

LANTOS, TOM - Democratic Party
October 4, 2004 - October 5, 2004 (2 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - Featured speaker at annual Herbert Walker Series at Yale University
Total Cost - $935.19

NORTON, ELEANOR HOLMES - Democratic Party
May 21, 2005 - May 22, 2005 (2 days)
Hartford, CT
Purpose - Yale University Class Day speaker
Total Cost - $693.97

LEACH, JAMES A - Republican Party
October 7, 2005 - October 10, 2005 (4 days)
Aspen, CO
Purpose - To deliver a keynote address and participate in a conference on the environment and climate change
Total Cost - $1,783.80

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