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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.

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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.
  • 08.27.15

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  • 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

Dairy Farmers of America


Total cost of 13 trips: $29,744.70


Traveler: Trevor Blackann (from the office of Roy Blunt)
Destination: KANSAS CITY TO WASHINGTON DC
Purpose: STAFF CONGRESSMAN ROY BLUNT
Date: Apr 10, 2000
Expense: $563.00
source

Traveler: Roy Blunt (from the office of Roy Blunt)
Destination: KANSAS CITY - WASHINGTON DC
Purpose: SPEAKER AT DFA ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Apr 10, 2000
Expense: $881.00
source

Traveler: Bob Goodlatte (from the office of Bob Goodlatte)
Destination: KANSAS CITY
Purpose: SPEAK TO DAIRY FARMERS ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Mar 24, 2003
Expense: $1,712.69
source

Traveler: Roy Blunt (from the office of Roy Blunt)
Destination:
Purpose: SPEAK TO ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Mar 24, 2003
Expense: $1,712.69
source

Traveler: Saxby Chambliss (from the office of Saxby Chambliss)
Destination: MOBRIDGE AND POLLOCK, SD
Purpose: REMARKS AT DAIRY FARMERS OF AMERICA CONSERVATION RESERVE PROGRAM ANNUAL REVIEW BREAKFAST
Date: Oct 17, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,415.22
source

Traveler: F. Allen Boyd (from the office of F. Allen Boyd)
Destination: MN-SD
Purpose: FACT FINDING/AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION
Date: Oct 17, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,337.40
source

Traveler: Collin Peterson (from the office of Collin Peterson)
Destination: MSP-POLLACK
Purpose: INFORMATIVE/AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION/CRP UPDATE
Date: Oct 17, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $6,008.00
source

Traveler: Bennie Thompson (from the office of Bennie Thompson)
Destination: DCA-MSP-POLLACK-MSP-JACKSON/MS
Purpose: INFORMATION/AGRICULTURAL/CRP UPDATE
Date: Oct 17, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,881.00
source

Traveler: Bob Goodlatte (from the office of Bob Goodlatte)
Destination: ROANOKE, VA-CLOVIS, NM-PORTALES, NM-CLOVIS, NM
Purpose: TOUR OF DFA MILK PROTEIN CONCENTRATE PLANT, MEETING WITH DAIRY FARMERS AND TOUR OF DAIRY FARM
Date: Aug 20, 2004
Expense: $1,190.00
source

Traveler: Collin Peterson (from the office of Collin Peterson)
Destination: HERREID-POLLACK
Purpose: INFORMATIVE/AGRICULTURE/CRP UPDATE
Date: Oct 15, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $724.00
source

Traveler: Matt Allen (from the office of Don Sherwood)
Destination: CLOVIS, NM TO KANSAS CITY, MO
Purpose: TOUR OF DARICONCEPTS MPC PLANT AND DFA MEMBER DAIRY FARMS IN PORTALES, NEW MEXICO AND DFA MEETING IN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
Date: Oct 20, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $3,960.00
source

Traveler: Don Sherwood (from the office of Don Sherwood)
Destination: CLOVIS, NM TO KANSAS CITY, MO
Purpose: TOUR OF DARICONCEPTS MPC PLANT AND DFA MEMBER DAIRY FARMS IN PORTALES, NEW MEXICO AND DFA MEETING IN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
Date: Oct 20, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $3,960.00
source

Traveler: Saxby Chambliss (from the office of Saxby Chambliss)
Destination: KANSAS CITY, MO
Purpose: DAIRY FARMERS OF AMERICA ANNUAL BANQUET
Date: Mar 21, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,399.70
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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