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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

State of Qatar


Total cost of 15 trips: $104,455.00


Traveler: Amanda Pepper Scoggins (from the office of Richard Armey)
Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Purpose: CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $5,070.00
source

Traveler: Emelyn Faulkner (from the office of Dana Rohrabacher)
Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $5,130.00
source

Traveler: Howard Diamond (from the office of Gary Ackerman)
Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Purpose: CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
Date: Jan 4, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $8,835.00
source

Traveler: Adam Frey (from the office of Jesse Helms)
Destination: QATAR
Purpose: CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $6,300.00
source

Traveler: Moses Mercado (from the office of Richard Gephardt)
Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Purpose: LEARNING ABOUT QATAR
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $6,280.00
source

Traveler: Jameel Johnson (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: DOHA QATAR
Purpose: LEARNING ABOUT QATAR
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (11 days)
Expense: $6,510.00
source

Traveler: Kevin Casey (from the office of Joseph Crowley)
Destination: DOHA QATAR
Purpose: LEARNING ABOUT QATAR W/O FOLLOW UP
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $6,740.00
source

Traveler: Missy Branson (from the office of Howard Coble)
Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO LEARN ABOUT QATAR'S GOVERNMENT AND CULTURE
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $6,740.00
source

Traveler: Lara Alamen (from the office of Henry Hyde)
Destination: DONU, QATAR
Purpose: STAFF DELEGATION
Date: Jan 9, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $6,650.00
source

Traveler: Brian Sutter (from the office of Dave Camp)
Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $7,700.00
source

Traveler: Edward Mills (from the office of Carolyn Maloney)
Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $7,700.00
source

Traveler: Matthew Larkin (from the office of Steve Israel)
Destination: LONDON, UK TO DOHA, QATAR
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $7,700.00
source

Traveler: Chris Otillio (from the office of Bob Ney)
Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $7,700.00
source

Traveler: Benjamin Zogby (from the office of Nick Rahall)
Destination: LONDON HEATHROW - DOHA, QATAR
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $7,700.00
source

Traveler: Cookab Hashemi (from the office of Mark Udall)
Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Purpose: CULTURAL AND EDUCATION EXCHANGE PROGRAM WITH THE STATE OF QATAR
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $7,700.00
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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