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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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CBS - Face the Nation - $9,774.51 spent on 21 trips
49.1% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
50.9% spent on Republican Party

KUCINICH, DENNIS J - Democratic Party
April 29, 2000 - April 30, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Web/television interview
Total Cost - $1,605.00

MALONEY, JAMES H - Democratic Party
May 31, 2001 - May 31, 2001 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Interviews
Total Cost - $370.00

TAUZIN, WILBERT J II - Republican Party
September 8, 2000 - September 11, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $2,426.90

TAUZIN, WILBERT J II - Republican Party
July 22, 2001 - July 23, 2001 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - meetings regarding National Ownership cap and program access
Total Cost - $681.20

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
January 29, 2003 - January 29, 2003 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Appearance on CBS News "The Early Shoe"
Total Cost - $103.56

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
April 11, 2004 - April 11, 2004 (1 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - Auto service in Fort Myers for appearance on "Face the Nation"
Total Cost - $330.75

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
March 29, 2001 - March 29, 2001 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Senator was guest on Early Show
Total Cost - $103.56

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
September 25, 2001 - September 25, 2001 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Senator was guest on Early Show
Total Cost - $155.35

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
February 11, 2001 - February 11, 2001 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Senator was guest on Sunday talk show
Total Cost - $155.35

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
May 27, 2001 - May 27, 2001 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Senator was guest on Sunday talk show
Total Cost - $77.68

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
February 13, 2000 - February 14, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Promote book. Washington, DC - New York, NY
Total Cost -

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
February 15, 2000 - February 15, 2000 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Promote book
Total Cost -

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
February 17, 2000 - February 22, 2000 (6 days)
Westchester, NY
Purpose - Promote book. Washington, DC - Westchester, NY - New Haven CT - Washington DC
Total Cost -

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
February 27, 2000 - February 27, 2000 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Promote book
Total Cost -

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
February 29, 2000 - February 29, 2000 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Promote book
Total Cost -

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
January 17, 2003 - January 17, 2003 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Promote book
Total Cost -

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
January 19, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Promote book. Washington, DC - New York, NY
Total Cost -

CARNAHAN, JEAN - Democratic Party
June 3, 2001 - June 4, 2001 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - appearance on CBS "The Early Show"
Total Cost - $430.28

COLEMAN, NORM - Republican Party
August 17, 2004 - August 18, 2004 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - To appear on the Daily Show with John Stewart
Total Cost - $688.59

SCHULTZ, DEBBIE WASSERMAN - Democratic Party
March 26, 2005 - March 27, 2005 (2 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Press Interview - Live
Total Cost - $1,471.70

BONILLA, HENRY - Republican Party
August 2, 2004 - August 3, 2004 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Interview on The Daily Show
Total Cost - $1,174.59

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