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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

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    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*

James Datri


Total cost of 6 trips: $21,334.46


Trips traveled under the office of Robert Menendez

Destination: BRASILIA-SAD PAULO
Sponsor: Brazil-US Business Council
Purpose: FACT-FINDING: TO MEET WITH BRAZILIAN GOV'T. AND BUSINESS LEADERS; LEARN FIRST-HAND HOW THE BRAZILIAN GOV'T OPERATES, AND ABOUT TRADE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE U.S.
Date: May 27, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $4,293.48
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle
Purpose: FACT-FINDING: TO SEE FIRST-HAND THE OPERATIONS OF THE HOME LOAN BANK; MEET WITH BANK OFFICIALS & STAFF; AND VISIT BANK-BACKED HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
Date: Aug 30, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,820.95
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: Computer & Communications Industry Association
Purpose: SYMPOSIUM ON THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IN A DIGITAL AGE/MEETINGS & DISCUSSIONS W/ INDUSTRY EXECS. ON CURRENT ISSUES
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $2,707.08
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL (CORAL GABLES)
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: TO DELIVER A SPEECH, PARTICIPATE ON A STAFF PANEL, AND PARTICIPATE IN THE ABA'S LEGISLATIVE LIAISON ADVISORY COMMITTEE CONFERENCE PROGRAM
Date: Feb 20, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,014.35
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATING IN AND SPEAKING AT THE S.I.A. GOVERNMENT RELATIONS LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE.
Date: Apr 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,627.81
source

Destination: ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (ITINERARY INCLUDED: BERN, GENEVA, AND ZURICH)
Sponsor: Government of Switzerland
Purpose: TO MEET WITH SWISS GOVERNMENT & INDUSTRY LEADERS TO DISCUSS ISSUES OF MUTUAL IMPORTANCE (ESP: FINANCIAL SERVICES & HEALTH CARE ISSUES); TO LEARN ABOUT THE SWISS NATION, PEOPLE, AND CULTURE
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $5,870.79
source



* - Trips by all travelers named James Datri.


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