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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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Sierra Club Environmental Law Program - $46,139.82 spent on 12 trips
89.4% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
10.6% spent on Republican Party

BLUMENAUER, EARL - Democratic Party
June 30, 2001 - July 5, 2001 (6 days)
AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Wilderness League, Wilderness Society, Defenders of Wildlife
Purpose - Fact finding trip - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Total Cost - $2,761.86

CAPUANO, MICHAEL EVERETT - Democratic Party
July 1, 2000 - July 5, 2000 (5 days)
AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Wilderness League, Wilderness Society
Purpose - Education
Total Cost - $5,795.54

DEFAZIO, PETER A - Democratic Party
June 28, 2003 - July 2, 2003 (5 days)
AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Coalition, Alaska Wilderness League, National Audobon Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, Alaska Wilderness League, Wilderness Society
Purpose - Fact-finding trip to Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Oil Drilling, Energy and Wilderness Issues
Total Cost - $4,902.08

INSLEE, JAY R - Democratic Party
June 30, 2001 - July 8, 2001 (9 days)
AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Wilderness League
Purpose - Tour of wildlife refuge
Total Cost - $2,696.48

MCCOLLUM, BETTY - Democratic Party
June 30, 2001 - July 5, 2001 (6 days)
Fairbanks, AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Wilderness League, Wilderness Society, Defenders of Wildlife
Purpose - Fact finding trip to Artic Refuge
Total Cost - $3,017.08

SANCHEZ, LORETTA - Democratic Party
June 30, 2001 - July 5, 2001 (6 days)
AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Wilderness League, Wilderness Society, Defenders of Wildlife
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $5,209.80

CHAFEE, LINCOLN D - Republican Party
August 3, 2002 - August 8, 2002 (6 days)
Fairbanks, AK - Artic Village, AK - Artic National Wildlife Refuge, AK - Prudhoe Bay, AK - Fairbanks, AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Coalition, Wilderness Society, World Wildlife Fund
Purpose - fact-finding trip on Artic National Wildlife Refuge oil drilling/energy and wilderness issues
Total Cost - $4,905.15

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
June 27, 2004 - July 1, 2004 (5 days)
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, AK - Kaktovik, AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Coalition, Alaska Wilderness League, Earthjustice, Natural Resources Defense Council, Wilderness Society, World Wildlife Fund
Purpose - Fact-finding trip on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge oil drilling, energy, and wilderness issues
Total Cost - $2,506.00

MILLER, GEORGE - Democratic Party
March 5, 2005 - March 7, 2005 (3 days)
Salt Lake City, UT
Purpose - To participate in an environmental conference, "Progressive Litigation in Perilous Times"
Total Cost - $1,698.82

BOXER, BARBARA - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 7, 2005 (4 days)
Sundance, UT
Purpose - At attend a conference
Total Cost - $2,347.98

OBERSTAR, JAMES L - Democratic Party
June 26, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (7 days)
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, AK - Kaktovik, AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Coalition, Alaska Wilderness League, Earthjustice, Natural Resources Defense Council, Wilderness Society, World Wildlife Fund
Purpose - Fact-finding trip on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge oil drilling/energy and wilderness issue
Total Cost - $3,739.27

COOPER, JAMES H S - Democratic Party
June 26, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (7 days)
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, AK - Beaver, AK - Arctic Village, AK - Kaktovik, AK - Fairbanks, AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Coalition, Alaska Wilderness League, Earth Justice, Natural Resources Defense Council, Wilderness Society, World Wildlife Fund
Purpose - Fact finding trip on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge oil drilling /energy and wilderness issue
Total Cost - $6,559.76

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