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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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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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Trips sponsored by

Brazil Information Center


Total cost of 7 trips: $46,548.20


Traveler: Bryn Stewart (from the office of Craig Thomas)
Destination: BRASILIA, BRAZIL
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $6,660.60
source

Traveler: Nicole Venable (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: BRAZILIA-RIO
Purpose: MEETINGS W/ BRAZIL GOVERNMENT ON TRADE, FTAA; DIALOGUE W/ LEGISLATIVE COUNTERPARTS; MEETING W/ IADB
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $6,640.60
source

Traveler: Thad Huguley (from the office of Marion Berry)
Destination: BRASILIA - RIO DA JANEIRO
Purpose: U.S./BRAZIL CONGRESSIONAL STAFF DIALOGUE AND FACT-FINDING
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $6,660.60
source

Traveler: David Stewart (from the office of Philip English)
Destination: BRASILIA, BRAZIL-RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
Purpose: INTER-PARLIAMENTARY STAFF EXCHANGE; DISCUSSION OF TRADE ISSUES RELATED TO MULTI-LATERAL TRADE AGREEMENTS INVOLVING THE U.S. AND BRAZIL
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $6,660.60
source

Traveler: David Cavicke (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: RIO DE JANEIRO AND BRASILIAM BRAZIL
Purpose: INTERPARLIAMENTARY DIALOGUE WITH BRAZIL CONGRESS ON TRADE AND OTHER ISSUES
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $6,604.60
source

Traveler: Chris Leahy (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: BRASILIA AND RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
Purpose: INTERPARLIAMENTARY DIALOGUE WITH THE BRAZILIAN CONGRESS ON TRADE AND OTHER ISSUES
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $6,660.60
source

Traveler: Jayme White (from the office of Jim Mcdermott)
Destination: BRASILIA, BRAZIL TO RIO DE JAINERO
Purpose: TO CREATE STRONGER TRES BETWEEN THE US AND BRAZIL, AND MORE SPECIFICALLY ON DISCUSS INTERNATIONAL TRADE ISSUES AND FIND WAYS TO BELIEVE CONSENSUS ON MATTERS CURRENTLY OR DISPUTE
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $6,660.60
source



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