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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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    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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    "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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AFL-CIO Maritime Trades Department - $28,099.60 spent on 12 trips
79.1% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
20.9% spent on Republican Party

ABERCROMBIE, NEIL - Democratic Party
February 8, 2001 - February 9, 2001 (2 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $2,724.15

BONIOR, DAVID - Democratic Party
February 11, 2000 - February 15, 2000 (5 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Speaking engagements
Total Cost - $2,554.75

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
March 4, 2004 - March 6, 2004 (3 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - keynote speaker for Maritime Trades Department's Meeting
Total Cost - $1,453.89

DICKS, NORM D - Democratic Party
February 8, 2001 - February 12, 2001 (5 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - To address annual AEL-CIO Maritime Trades Conference
Total Cost - $2,644.90

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
March 4, 2004 - March 5, 2004 (2 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - to participate in the maritime trades department executive board meeting
Total Cost - $1,580.00

MENENDEZ, ROBERT - Democratic Party
February 19, 2003 - February 22, 2003 (4 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Speak at Conference
Total Cost - $625.50

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
February 10, 2000 - February 11, 2000 (2 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Speak at meeting
Total Cost - $1,700.65

WEYGAND, BOB - Democratic Party
February 10, 2000 - February 13, 2000 (4 days)
New Orleans, LA
Co-sponsor(s): Seafarers
Purpose - to address conference participants and foster relations w/ membership
Total Cost - $4,040.40

YOUNG, DON E - Republican Party
February 19, 2003 - February 23, 2003 (5 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - MTD Exec Board Convention and presentation
Total Cost - $5,863.79

DICKS, NORM D - Democratic Party
February 24, 2005 - February 25, 2005 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Guest speaker to executive board to provide insight on the Legislative issues of concern to the American Maritime industry.
Total Cost - $755.87

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
February 24, 2005 - February 24, 2005 (1 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Featured speaker to the Executive Board of the Maritime Trade Department
Total Cost - $1,038.90

JEFFERSON, WILLIAM JENNINGS - Democratic Party
February 24, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Attend Maritime Trades Department Executive Board meeting and give speech on legislation affecting Maritime industry
Total Cost - $3,116.80

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