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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

    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

    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

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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
  • 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.

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Trips by*

Elizabeth Fay


Total cost of 8 trips: $23,759.61


Trips traveled under the office of Evan Bayh

Destination: SOUTHERN INDIANA-EVANSVILLE, LAWRENCEBURG, W. BADEN
Sponsor: INDIANA HISTORIC LANDMARKS FOUNDATION
Purpose: MEET WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS REGARDING HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN INDIANA
Date: Apr 18, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,105.00
source

Destination: PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Mansfield Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION & FACT FINDING ON CHINA'S ECONOMIC REFORMS
Date: Nov 19, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $7,236.23
source

Destination: WARRENTON, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $278.75
source

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT FINDING ON TRADE AND DEFENSE MATTERS
Date: Jun 30, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $9,160.00
source

Destination: SANTIAGO, CHILE
Sponsor: AM-CHAM CHILE/GOVERNMENT OF CHILE
Purpose: FACT FINDING US-CHILE BILATERAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS
Date: May 26, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $1,463.13
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Biotechnology Industry Organization
Purpose: MEETINGS & TOURS OF BIOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,280.50
source

Destination: THAILAND
Sponsor: US-Asean Business Council
Purpose: DISCUSSIONS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS REGARDING BILATERAL TRADE TALKS
Date: Aug 3, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $3,141.00
source

Destination: INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Sponsor: INDIANA ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS
Purpose: MEETINGS TO DISCUSS IMPACT OF FEDERAL EDUCATION LAW ON INDIANA SCHOOLS
Date: Dec 4, 2003
Expense: $95.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Elizabeth Fay.


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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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.