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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

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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

Family Farm Alliance


Total cost of 8 trips: $6,143.58


Traveler: George Miller (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 27, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,232.50
source

Traveler: J Stevens Lanich (from the office of Nick Rahall)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Purpose: ADDRESS FAMILY FARM ALLIANCE ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Feb 24, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $732.77
source

Traveler: Joshua Johnson (from the office of James Hansen)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Purpose:
Date: Feb 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $615.50
source

Traveler: Joshua Johnson (from the office of James Hansen)
Destination: LAS VEGAS
Purpose: PANEL PRESENTER ON WATER & POWER PRIORITIES
Date: Feb 27, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $862.50
source

Traveler: J Stevens Lanich (from the office of Doc Hastings)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSION OF WESTERN WATER PROBLEM
Date: Feb 27, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $802.75
source

Traveler: Joshua Johnson (from the office of Richard Pombo)
Destination: LAS VEGAS
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A PANEL DISCUSSION, TO GIVE FAMILY FARM ALLIANCE MEMBERS SOME INSIGHT INTO THE AGENDA FOR THE COMING SESSION OF CONGRESS
Date: Mar 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $671.46
source

Traveler: Kiel Weaver (from the office of Richard Pombo)
Destination: LAS VEGAS
Purpose: PARTICIPATED IN PANEL DISCUSSION ON FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE ISSUES AS PART OF THE FAMILY FARM ALLIANCE'S ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Mar 10, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $552.50
source

Traveler: Vince Sampson (from the office of Richard Pombo)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE ON A PANEL DISCUSSING WATER ISSUES BEFORE THE COMMITTEE ON RESOURCES
Date: Mar 10, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $673.60
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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