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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*

Brian Diffell


Total cost of 12 trips: $48,544.73


Trips traveled under the office of Roy Blunt

Destination: REPUPBLIC OF KOREA
Sponsor: Korea-United States Exchange Council
Purpose: STAFF DELEGATION
Date: Apr 2, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,883.53
source

Destination: MALAYSIA
Sponsor: US-Malaysia Exchange Association
Purpose: STAFF DELEGATION
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,266.77
source

Destination: GENEVA
Sponsor: Coalition of Service Industries
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AT WTO
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,420.00
source

Destination: MUNICH - BRUSSELS - BERLIN
Sponsor: Hanns Seidel Foundation
Purpose: TRANS-ATLANTIC RELATIONS STAFF DELEGATION
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $4,187.84
source

Destination: TAIPEI
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: STUDYING BILATERAL RELATIONS & ISSUES FACING THE U.S.-TAIWAN RELATIONSHIP - STAFF DELEGATION.
Date: Aug 6, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $4,320.00
source

Destination: NY - JERUSALEM
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION U.S.-ISRAEL RELATIONS
Date: Aug 23, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $5,582.81
source

Destination: ST LOUIS-BANGKOK-PHNAM PANH-WASH, DC
Sponsor: US-Asean Business Council
Purpose: TRADE DISCUSSIONS (FTA THAILAND, WTO CAMBODIA)
Date: Jan 11, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $4,077.97
source

Destination: PANAMA CITY
Sponsor: US Panama Business Council
Purpose: U.S.-PANAMA FTA-TRADE DISCUSSIONS
Date: Feb 14, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,558.75
source

Destination: BERLIN-HEIDELBERG-STATTGERT GERMANY
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: TRANSATLANTIC DIALOGUE / CONGRESSIONAL STUDY TOUR
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $2,855.99
source

Destination: BRUSSELS
Sponsor: Center for Strategic and International Studies
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH EU PARLIAMENT STAFF LEG 1 OF STAFF EXCHANGE PROGRAM W/ EU PARLIAMENT
Date: Apr 24, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,090.00
source

Destination: TURKEY
Sponsor: American-Turkish Council
Purpose: FACT-FINDING ON TRANSATLANTIC AFFAIRS, MIDDLE EAST POLICY ISSUES, INTERNAL TURKISH AFFAIRS
Date: Aug 13, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $7,511.92
source

Destination: HYDERABAD, INDIA TO MUMBAI, INDIA TO DEHLI, INDIA
Sponsor: Nasscom
Purpose: TO GIVE STAFF MEMBERS FIRSTHAND KNOWLEDGE OF THE INDIAN IT INDUSTRY BY MEETING WITH KEY GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY LEADERS, VISITING A CALL CENTER, AND TRAVELING IN INDIA GETTING TO KNOW HOW U.S. POLICIES IMPACT THE CULTURE AND PEOPLE
Date: Mar 27, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $7,789.15
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Brian Diffell.


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