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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

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Merrill Lynch - $12,857.37 spent on 9 trips
70.1% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
29.9% spent on Republican Party

BAKER, RICHARD HUGH - Republican Party
January 13, 2000 - January 14, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $680.00

BAKER, RICHARD HUGH - Republican Party
February 24, 2000 - February 24, 2000 (1 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): Fannie Mae
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $330.00

BERKLEY, SHELLEY - Democratic Party
January 23, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (3 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose - Freshman Democratic member fact-finding tour
Total Cost - $2,062.25

CROWLEY, JOSEPH - Democratic Party
January 23, 2000 - January 24, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - Led freshman delegation to NYSE
Total Cost - $732.00

GREENWOOD, JAMES C - Republican Party
May 5, 2004 - May 7, 2004 (3 days)
Bermuda
Co-sponsor(s): MPM Capital, Hale & Dorr LLP, Ernst & Young LLP, Comerica Bank Corp
Purpose - keynote speaker at industry conference
Total Cost - $2,832.12

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
January 22, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - freshman democratic class
Total Cost - $2,486.00

LARSON, JOHN B - Democratic Party
January 23, 2000 - January 24, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - to learn more about the securities markets and financial services
Total Cost - $1,082.00

MOORE, DENNIS - Democratic Party
January 23, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (3 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - Banking and UN fact-finding mission
Total Cost - $1,922.00

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
January 23, 2000 - January 24, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - Meet with NYSE officials and regulators and visit Merrill Lynch equities and trading floor
Total Cost - $731.00

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