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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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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

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Trips by*

John Dusik


Total cost of 8 trips: $10,534.49


Trips traveled under the office of Jerry Weller

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: TO EXAMINE BEST PRACTICES IN TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIES, AND OTHER ISSUES OF CONCERN, RE: E-COMMERCE
Date: Aug 28, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $569.84
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: University of Chicago
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL SYSTEM
Date: Oct 10, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $501.33
source

Destination: AUSTIN-DALLAS
Sponsor: APPLIED MATERIAL CO, DELL, HPCOMP. INTEL CORP SOLECTRON CORP. TEXAS INST.
Purpose: TO SEC FIRST HAND, THE INNER WORKINGS OF THE HIGH TECH MANUFACTURING SECTOR. - VISITS TO CORPS HELPED ILLUSTRATE IMPACT OF MANUFACTURING THE AMERICAN ECONOMY.
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,442.84
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Medco Health Solutions Inc
Purpose: VISIT THE HEADQUARTERS AND DISTRIBUTION FACILITY OF MEDCO'S OPERATION ON THE EAST COAST, TO LEARN ABOUT THEIR PBM BUSINESS AND THE PBM INDUSTRY AS A WHOLE.
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,388.65
source

Destination: MILWAUKEE, WI
Sponsor: National Association of Manufacturers
Purpose: TO SEE FIRST HAND, THE INNER WORKINGS OF MANUFACTURING. ILLUSTRATE IMPACT OF MANUFACTURING COMMUNITY ON ECONOMY & WORKFORCE, DISCUSS HOW FEDERAL POLICIES AFFECT MANUF. SECTOR
Date: Jun 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,063.93
source

Destination: BEIJING, URUMXI, SHANGHAI, CHINA
Sponsor: US-China Policy Foundation
Purpose: TO GAIN A THOROUGH UNDERSTANDING OF VARIOUS POLICY AREAS AS THEY RELATE TO U.S./CHINA RELATIONS ESPECIALLY AS IT RELATES TO TRADE. MANUFACTURING, MONETARY POLICY, FOREIGN RELATIONS, AND OVERSEAS INVESTMENT.
Date: Aug 9, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $3,690.00
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Sponsor: ROCHE CHEMICALS/MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Purpose: TO OBSERVE A LIVE KIDNEY TRANSPLANT VIA LATHROSCOPIC SURGERY AND LEARN * THE STATE OF THE KIDNEY TRANSPLANT COMMUNITY IN GENERAL, AT THE UNIVERSITY INSPECIFIC
Date: Jan 10, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $715.77
source

Destination: CHICAGO, O'HARE
Sponsor: NAM/PEPSICO/BAXTER/USG/SMURFIT-STORE CATERPILLAR/QUALITY FLOATWORKS/SIGNADE/BOEING
Purpose: TO EXAMINE, FIRST HAND, THE INTRICACIES OF THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS, LEARN ABOUT THE IMPACT OF MANUFACTURING ON THE U.S. ECONOMY, POLICY DISCUSSIONS ON MANUFACTURING
Date: Aug 10, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,162.13
source



* - Trips by all travelers named John Dusik.


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