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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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    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.
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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

Back to The Data

Trips by*

John Dutton


Total cost of 9 trips: $12,128.71


Trips traveled under the office of Roy Blunt

Destination: WINTERGREEN, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: STAFF BRIEFING
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $220.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: NATIONAL CONVENTION
Date: Feb 26, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,373.50
source

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Dec 14, 2000 (16 days)
Expense: $3,900.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO, KISSIMMEE, KEY WEST FLORIDA
Sponsor: FLORIDA MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN PUBLIC POWER ASSOCIATION, FLORIDA MUNICIPAL POWER AGENCY
Purpose: TOUR ELECTRIC UTILITIES
Date: Aug 13, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,663.60
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: STAFF RETREAT/TELECOMMUNICATIONS PANEL
Date: Aug 21, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,913.45
source


Trips traveled under the office of Bob Ney

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: New York Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ENERGY SEMINAR
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $410.00
source

Destination: NEVADA
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 25, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,080.50
source

Destination: TOUR OF CONSOL ENERGY'S #84 MINE
Sponsor: NATIONAL MINING ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN WATERWAYS OPERATORS
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jul 1, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $422.30
source

Destination: NEWARK, NJ
Sponsor: Smiths Group plc
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 22, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,145.36
source



* - Trips by all travelers named John Dutton.


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