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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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    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

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    "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

Wilderness Society


Total cost of 8 trips: $7,662.08


Traveler: Sara Barth (from the office of Barbara Boxer)
Destination: CALIFORNIA (SIERRA RANGE)
Purpose: VIEWING NATIONAL FORESTS FOR POSSIBLE WILDERNESS DESIGNATION
Date: Aug 27, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $240.00
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Traveler: Shannon Smith (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, TRUCKEE, CLAVEC RIVER AREA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 27, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $959.09
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Traveler: Shannon Smith (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: ARIZONA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING REGARDING NATIONAL LANDSCAPE CONSERVATION SYSTEM
Date: Nov 7, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,100.00
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Traveler: Edith Thompson (from the office of Wayne Gilchrest)
Destination: BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO PALM SPRINGS THEN FROM PALM SPRINGS TO BWL AIRPORT
Purpose: TO VISIT AND LEARN ABOUT THE NATIONAL LANDSCAPE CONSERVATION SYSTEM
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,179.00
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Traveler: Timothy Aiken (from the office of James Moran)
Destination: RONALD REAGAN NATIONAL-PALM SPRINGS, CA-DULLES INTERNATIONAL
Purpose: OBSERVE & RECEIVE BRIEFINGS ON CHALLENGES CONFRONTING SANTA ROSA AND SAN JACINTO MOUNTAINS NATIONAL MONUMENT AND NATIONAL LANDSCAPE CONSERVATION SYSTEM IN GENERAL
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,075.00
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Traveler: Lara Levison (from the office of Nancy Pelosi)
Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT THE NATIONAL LANDSCAPE CONSERVATION SYSTEMS CHALLENGES TO THE SYSTEM BY VISITING THE SANTA ROSA AND SAN JACINTO MOUNTAINS NATIONAL MONUMENT
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $1,110.09
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Traveler: Richard Healy (from the office of Richard Pombo)
Destination: PALMS SPRINGS CA
Purpose: TOUR SANTA ROSA AND SAN JACINTO MOUNTAINS NATIONAL MONUMENT. MEET WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,075.00
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Traveler: Meghan Conklin (from the office of Richard Pombo)
Destination: PALM SPRINGS
Purpose: A FACT-FINDING TOUR OF THE NATIONAL LANDSCAPE CONSERVATION SYSTEM (NLCS) WITH A TOUR OF THE SANTA ROSA NATIONAL MONUMENT NEAR PALM SPRINGS
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $923.90
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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