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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.
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    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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Public Governance Institute - $121,867.30 spent on 99 trips
47.6% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
52.4% spent on Republican Party

ACEVEDO-VILA, ANIBAL - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

ADERHOLT, ROBERT B - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,574.00

AKIN, GARY - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,592.00

BAIRD, BRIAN - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

BALDWIN, TAMMY - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003. Education/member communication.
Total Cost - $1,385.00

BALLANCE, FRANK W JR - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,425.00

BASS, CHARLES F - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $888.00

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,254.00

BLUMENAUER, EARL - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

BONILLA, HENRY - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,576.00

BOOZMAN, JOHN N - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $2,101.00

BURNS, O MAXIE - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Bipartisan planning trip for members of congress and their families
Total Cost - $1,385.00

CAMP, DAVID LEE - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,576.00

CANTOR, ERIC - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,226.00

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $888.00

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Santa Barbara, CA - Palm Springs, CA
Purpose - bi-partisan California Delegation Retreat
Total Cost - $977.69

CASE, EDWARD E - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Fact finding (Congressional Retreat 2003)
Total Cost - $1,576.00

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - 2003 Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $1,385.00

COOPER, JAMES H S - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,576.00

COX, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Bipartisan Retreat
Total Cost - $1,576.00

CULBERSON, JOHN - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

DAVIS, SUSAN - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,035.00

DOOLITTLE, JOHN T - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $1,576.00

DOOLITTLE, JOHN T - Republican Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Westin Mission Hills, CA
Purpose - educational retreat - California Delegation Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $2,471.15

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $888.00

EMERSON, JO ANN H - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $1,226.00

ENGEL, ELIOT - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,576.00

FARR, SAM - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Purpose - meet with CA government officials to discuss California's future
Total Cost - $778.76

FRELINGHUYSEN, RODNEY - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $1,035.00

GINGREY, PHILLIP J - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - February 28, 2003 (1 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,751.00

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $1,226.00

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,285.00

HARRIS, KATHERINE - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat - freshman
Total Cost - $888.00

HAYES, ROBERT C (ROBIN) - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,707.00

HERGER, WALLY - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,576.00

HERGER, WALLY - Republican Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Ontario, Canada
Co-sponsor(s): Annenberg Foundation Trust
Purpose - California delegation retreat 2003
Total Cost - $3,894.96

HERGER, WALLY - Republican Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Ontario, Canada
Co-sponsor(s): Annenberg Foundation Trust
Purpose - California delegation retreat 2003
Total Cost - $3,065.46

HILL, BARON P - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $888.00

HOUGHTON, AMORY JR - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Bipartisan meeting of Congress and their families
Total Cost - $1,576.00

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Bipartisan Retreat
Total Cost - $988.00

KENNEDY, MARK RAYMOND - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

KILDEE, DALE E - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

KIND, RON - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,576.00

KLINE, JOHN P - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

KNOLLENBERG, JOSEPH K - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,535.00

LAHOOD, RAY - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

LARSON, JOHN B - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Bipartisan Retreat
Total Cost - $1,783.00

LOFGREN, ZOE - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Purpose - California Congressional Delegation Retreat
Total Cost - $1,400.92

LUCAS, KENNETH RAY - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - congressional retreat
Total Cost - $1,385.00

MALONEY, CAROLYN B - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional retreat; discussion, planning
Total Cost - $888.00

MARSHALL, JIM - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,576.00

MICA, JOHN L - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $1,385.00

MILLER, BRAD - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To attend the Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

MILLER, JEFFERSON B - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Rancho Mirage, CA
Purpose - Fact-finding operated by the Public Governance Institute
Total Cost - $802.82

PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - bipartisan retreat for house members
Total Cost - $1,385.00

PENCE, MIKE - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - official congressional retreat-Educational
Total Cost - $1,385.00

PICKERING, CHARLES W JR - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,226.00

PLATTS, TODD R - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,935.00

POMBO, RICHARD - Republican Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Westin Mission Hills, CA
Purpose - CA Delegation Retreat
Total Cost - $880.71

ROGERS, MICHAEL - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional retreat
Total Cost - $1,576.00

ROYBAL-ALLARD, LUCILLE - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,535.00

ROYCE, ED - Republican Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Purpose - California Congressional Delegation retreat
Total Cost - $1,303.94

RUPPERSBERGER, CA DUTCH - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,535.00

SANCHEZ, LORETTA - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Westin Mission Hills, CA
Purpose - CA delegation bi partisan retreat meetings
Total Cost - $1,290.42

SANCHEZ, LINDA - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Rancho Mirage, CA
Purpose - California Delegation Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,246.42

SCHIFF, ADAM - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - bipartisan congressional retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

SCHIFF, ADAM - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Rancho Mirage, CA
Purpose - California bipartisan retreat
Total Cost - $823.19

SCOTT, DAVID ALBERT - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,535.00

STENHOLM, CHARLIE W - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $888.00

TIAHRT, TODD W - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - 2003 Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $1,576.00

TURNER, JAMES (JIM)WILLIAM - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional retreat
Total Cost - $1,385.00

WAMP, ZACH - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - for bipartisan retreat
Total Cost - $2,101.00

WAXMAN, HENRY A - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Rancho Mirage, CA
Purpose - Bipartisan California Delegation Retreat
Total Cost - $3,039.19

WELDON, DAVE - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - discussion of issues and agenda
Total Cost - $1,385.00

WU, DAVID MR. - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - congressional retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

BOXER, BARBARA - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Westin Mission Hills, CA
Purpose - California delegation retreat, 2003
Total Cost - $1,285.92

FEINSTEIN, DIANNE - Democratic Party
December 6, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (2 days)
Rancho Mirage, CA
Purpose - To participate in the California delegation bipartisan congressional retreat
Total Cost - $403.75

PEARCE, STEVE - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Committee's responsibilities, improve the working environment of the Committee and the working relationship among its Members
Total Cost - $404.00

LUNGREN, DANIEL E - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Committee on Homeland Security retreat
Total Cost - $404.00

DAVIS, THOMAS M III - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Committee on Homeland Security Retreat
Total Cost - $350.00

DICKS, NORM D - Democratic Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Committee on Homeland Security Retreat
Total Cost - $404.00

PASCRELL, WILLIAM J JR - Democratic Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $404.00

LOFGREN, ZOE - Democratic Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Committee on Homeland Security Retreat at the Aspen Wye River Conference Center
Total Cost - $350.00

WELDON, CURT - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relative to the Committee's responsibilities and in the process, improve the working environment of the Committee, and the working relationship among it's Members
Total Cost - $350.00

SMITH, LAMAR - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Committee's responsibilities and in the process, improve the working environment of the Committee and the working relationship among its Members
Total Cost - $404.00

SIMMONS, ROB - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Homeland Security Committee's responsibilities and in the process, improve the working environment on the Committee and its members
Total Cost - $404.00

SHAYS, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $404.00

ROGERS, MICHAEL - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Homeland Security Committee's responsibilities and, in the process improve the working environment of the Committee and the working relationship among its members
Total Cost - $404.00

NORTON, ELEANOR HOLMES - Democratic Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Homeland Security Committee's responsibilities, and in the process improve the working environment of the Committee and its members
Total Cost - $404.00

MEEK, KENDRICK B - Democratic Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Committee's responsibilities and, in the process, improve the working environment of the Committee and the working relationship among its members
Total Cost - $404.00

MCCAUL, MICHAEL - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the committee's responsibilities and in the process improve the working environment of the committee and the working relationship among members
Total Cost - $404.00

LINDER, JOHN - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Committee's responsibilities, and in the process, improve the working environment and working relationship among its members
Total Cost - $404.00

HARRIS, KATHERINE - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - House Committee on Homeland Security Member Retreat
Total Cost - $404.00

COX, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Committee's responsibilities and, in the process, improve the working environment of the Committee and the working relationship
Total Cost - $404.00

DICKS, NORM D - Democratic Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Committee on Homeland Security Retreat
Total Cost - $404.00

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
MD
Purpose - Committee on Homeland Security Retreat
Total Cost - $404.00

KING, STEVEN A - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Educational, public policy, 2003 Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $1,063.00

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Attend bipartisan Congressional retreat.
Total Cost - $1,226.00

American RadioWorks |
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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.

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