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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.

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

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

Back to all reports

Intl Dairy Foods Assn - $31,485.89 spent on 11 trips
25.3% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
74.7% spent on Republican Party

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
January 8, 2000 - January 13, 2000 (6 days)
Rancho Mirage, CA
Purpose - Speech/annual conference
Total Cost - $5,472.00

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
January 14, 2002 - January 17, 2002 (4 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - give remarks/moderate legislative briefings at IDFA legislative conference
Total Cost - $3,572.79

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
January 10, 2000 - January 12, 2000 (3 days)
Rancho Mirage, CA
Purpose - Speech/conference
Total Cost - $2,438.50

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
January 17, 2004 - January 21, 2004 (5 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Purpose - IDFA Dairy Forum
Total Cost - $2,876.96

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
January 17, 2004 - January 20, 2004 (4 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Purpose - conference and speaking engagement
Total Cost - $3,236.96

SESSIONS, PETE - Republican Party
January 23, 2001 - January 24, 2001 (2 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - spoke on panel
Total Cost - $1,963.91

SESSIONS, PETE - Republican Party
January 18, 2004 - January 20, 2004 (3 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Purpose - speak on congressional panel
Total Cost - $1,570.16

STENHOLM, CHARLIE W - Democratic Party
January 22, 2001 - January 24, 2001 (3 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - annual policy meeting
Total Cost - $2,648.52

ROBERTS, PAT - Republican Party
February 10, 2001 - February 12, 2001 (3 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - keynote speaker at meeting
Total Cost - $2,101.20

ROBERTS, PAT - Republican Party
February 13, 2004 - February 16, 2004 (4 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Speaker at international sweetener colloquium
Total Cost - $1,614.89

ROBERTS, PAT - Republican Party
January 8, 2005 - January 11, 2005 (4 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - Speaker at conference
Total Cost - $3,990.00

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