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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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    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

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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.
  • 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

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Armand De Keyser


Total cost of 9 trips: $19,378.00


Trips traveled under the office of Jeff Sessions

Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: THE 2000 CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 20, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $247.00
source

Destination: RUSSIA
Sponsor: SPONSORED TRIP BY GENERAL ATOMICS, AUBURN UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO AND KURCHATOV INSTITUTE OF MOSCOW
Purpose: SPONSORED TRIP BY GENERAL ATOMICS, AUBURN UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO AND KURCHATOV INSTITUTE OF MOSCOW
Date: Jul 1, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $7,267.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC TO SINGAPORE
Sponsor: Singapore Technologies
Purpose: TO VISIT SINGAPORE TO DISCUSS MILITARY, FOREIGN AFFAIRS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ISSUES
Date: Jan 7, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $5,821.98
source

Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $471.00
source

Destination: GREENBRIER RESORT, WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE/SENATE CHIEFS OF STAFF WORKING RETREAT
Date: Feb 19, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $649.00
source

Destination: GADSDEN, AL TO MONTGOMERY, AL
Sponsor: Alabama Electric Cooperative Inc
Purpose: ATTEND MEETING OF ALABAMA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE WITH SENATOR AND PARTICIPATE IN GROUP MEETING
Date: Apr 4, 2002
Expense: $1,370.65
source

Destination: POINT CLEAR, ALABAMA
Sponsor: Business Council of Alabama
Purpose: ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN BUSINESS COUNCIL OF ALABAMA ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 24, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,304.37
source

Destination: HOMESTEAD RESORT, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: ATTEND BICAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,454.00
source

Destination: MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE TO ALABAMA
Date: Feb 13, 2004
Expense: $793.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Armand De Keyser.


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