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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.

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  • 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*

Rob Ehrich


Total cost of 6 trips: $14,240.20


Trips traveled under the office of Evan Bayh

Destination: INDIANA INDIANAPOLIS, JASPER, TELL CITY, VINCENNES AND WASHINGTON
Sponsor: Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE INDIANA STATEWIDE ASSOCIATION OF RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES, INC. 2001 CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TOUR OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN INDIANA
Date: May 30, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,275.00
source

Destination: PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (BEIJING, XIAN, SHANGHAI)
Sponsor: US-China Policy Foundation
Purpose: TO PROMOTE A GREATER UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN AMERICAN AND CHINESE. OUR CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION MEET WITH VARIOUS CHINESE AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS DURING OUR VISIT
Date: Aug 11, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $2,339.50
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (YUCCA MOUNTAIN)
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: A FACT-FINDING TRIP TO YUCCA MOUNTAIN WILL A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SURROUNDING THE AT YUCCA MTN
Date: Nov 11, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,480.70
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Council on Competitiveness
Purpose: TO ATTEND "THE FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION, AN INITIATIVE OF THE COUNCIL ON COMPETITIVENESS"
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $286.00
source

Destination: THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA ON TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: TO TRAVEL TO TAIWAN AS PART OF A CONGRESSIONAL STAFF DELEGATION TO LEARN MORE ABOUT DEFENSE ISSUES ON TAIWAN. FACT FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Mar 28, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $4,450.00
source

Destination: UGANDA
Sponsor: Congressional Coalition on Adoption
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP FOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TO LOOK AT THE ISSUE OF ORPHANS
Date: May 22, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $4,409.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Rob Ehrich.


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