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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.

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

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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

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Trips by*

John Anderson


Total cost of 12 trips: $15,833.94


Trips traveled under the office of Michael Crapo

Destination: IDAHO
Sponsor: Food Producers of Idaho Inc
Purpose: AGRICULTURE, TRANSPORTATION, AND TRADE FACT FINDING TOUR
Date: Aug 15, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,119.95
source

Destination: MADRID SPAIN, AND ALGERIA, AND TINDOUF, ALGERIA
Sponsor: DEFENSE FORUM FOUNDATION AND INSTITUTE FOR DEMOCRATIC STRATEGY
Purpose: INFORMATION GATHERING STAFF TRIP
Date: Nov 13, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $1,202.66
source

Destination: MONTREAL
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: AVIATION ISSUES EDUCATION CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 6, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,409.00
source

Destination: BOISE, ID
Sponsor: IDAHO BANKERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: IDAHO COMMUNITY BANKERS MID - WINTER MEETING 2002 "COMMUNITY BANKERS SALUTE IDAHO AGRICULTURE"
Date: Jan 28, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $289.20
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: AVIATION SAFETY ALLIANCE, ALLIANCE SAFETY & SECURITY POST 9/11 SEMINAR
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,219.00
source

Destination: NY, NY
Sponsor: Bond Market Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR ABOUT SECURITIZATION
Date: May 27, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $799.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV AND THE LAKES, NV
Sponsor: Citigroup
Purpose: EDUCATION VISIT TO CITIGROUP'S CITICARDS FACILITY, INCLUDING BRIEFINGS & MEETINGS WITH BANK OFFICIALS
Date: Jan 23, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,426.81
source

Destination: SINGAPORE
Sponsor: SINGAPORE INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
Purpose: STAFFERS CODEL FOR EDUCATION AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: Feb 16, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $2,312.02
source

Destination: BOCA RATON
Sponsor: Futures Industry Association
Purpose: INDUSTRY CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS FUTURES TRADING AND DERIVATIVES
Date: Mar 12, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,679.20
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FL
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 11, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,676.10
source


Trips traveled under the office of Jack Metcalf

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Aviation Safety Alliance
Purpose: TO DISCUSS AVIATION SAFETY TOPICS
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,040.00
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FL
Sponsor: American Trucking Associations
Purpose: SEMINAR AND TOURS TO DISCUSS INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORTATION ISSUES AND STATUS OF TRUCKING INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 21, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $661.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named John 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