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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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    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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    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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Trips sponsored by

Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry


Total cost of 10 trips: $85,100.00


Traveler: Thomas Kahn (from the office of John Spratt)
Destination: OMAN
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 18, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $8,510.00
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Traveler: James Keena (from the office of Thomas Allen)
Destination: SULTANATE OF OMAN
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 19, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $8,510.00
source

Traveler: Gene Smith (from the office of Howard Berman)
Destination: OMAN
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 19, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $8,510.00
source

Traveler: Robert King (from the office of Sam Gejdenson)
Destination: MUSCAT, OMAN
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL; FACTFINDING
Date: Apr 19, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $8,510.00
source

Traveler: Eric Johnson (from the office of Robert Wexler)
Destination: OMAN
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 19, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $8,510.00
source

Traveler: Samuel Stratman (from the office of Henry Hyde)
Destination: OMAN
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 19, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $8,510.00
source

Traveler: Bradley Ayers (from the office of Roger Wicker)
Destination: TOUR OF OMANI BUSINESS & MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 19, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $8,510.00
source

Traveler: Jodi Smith (from the office of Doug Bereuter)
Destination: MUSCAT, OMAN
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 19, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $8,510.00
source

Traveler: Jameel Johnson (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: OMAN
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 19, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $8,510.00
source

Traveler: Kay King (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: OMAN
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 19, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $8,510.00
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