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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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    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

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Ben Cline


Total cost of 12 trips: $16,039.53


Trips traveled under the office of Bob Goodlatte

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, WA
Sponsor: Telecommunications Industry Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATION ON PANEL TO DISCUSS LEGISLATIVE OUTLOOK FOR YEAR
Date: Mar 31, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $557.05
source

Destination: PONTE VEDRA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON HR 1686
Date: Apr 16, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,973.82
source

Destination: LEESBURG, VA
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: SUMMIT ON PRIVACY ISSUES
Date: May 19, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $472.12
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 5, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,417.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: NAB 2001 CONVENTION
Date: Apr 20, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,466.33
source

Destination: DURHAM, NC
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF INFORMATION TRIP
Date: May 4, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,238.21
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Jun 15, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $880.00
source

Destination: DULLES, VA; LOS ANGELES, CA; SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL; FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 15, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,750.00
source

Destination: LEESBURG, VA
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: PRIVACY SUMMIT
Date: Oct 12, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $491.41
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP TO CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 7, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,733.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,860.59
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-NEW ORLEANS-DC
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT-FINDING-NCTA CONVENTION
Date: May 4, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,200.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Ben Cline.


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