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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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    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.
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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

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Courtney Anderson


Total cost of 20 trips: $28,604.12


Trips traveled under the office of Sam Brownback

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: News Corporation Ltd
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 17, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,975.00
source

Destination: PORTLAND, MAINE
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 12, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $933.43
source


Trips traveled under the office of John Shimkus

Destination: RICHMOND, VA
Sponsor: Ethyl Corporation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 24, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $501.25
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY-CHASE MANHATTAN BANK & GOLDMAN SACH'S BANK
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 7, 2000
Expense: $271.50
source

Destination: DUCK KEY, FL
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 21, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,500.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL; HAVANA, CUBA
Sponsor: ABC CHARTERS INC
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 14, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $887.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE, NYC
Sponsor: New York Stock Exchange
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 24, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $851.00
source

Destination: REPUBLIC OF YEMEN
Sponsor: Thabet Group
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jun 30, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,453.00
source

Destination: VILNIUS, LITHUANIA
Sponsor: Potomac Foundation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 22, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,208.40
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,641.15
source

Destination: DURHAM, N.C.
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 4, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,238.71
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 31, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $910.42
source

Destination: TALLIN, ESTONIA AND RIGA, LATVIA
Sponsor: Potomac Foundation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $2,500.42
source

Destination: BRUSSELLS, BELGIUM
Sponsor: Atlantic Council of the United States
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $1,800.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 17, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,093.84
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,394.31
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 5, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,005.51
source

Destination: RICHMOND, VA
Sponsor: BellSouth Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jul 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,214.88
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Clear Channel Communications Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,546.97
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,677.33
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Courtney Anderson.


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