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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

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Pete Filon


Total cost of 10 trips: $13,501.78


Trips traveled under the office of Joe Barton

Destination: SILICON VALLEY, CA
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: SITE VISIT
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,714.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: ATTEND INT'L CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 6, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,405.22
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: ATTEND CONVENTION
Date: Mar 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,066.40
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: ATTEND ANNUAL CONVENTION & INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,346.62
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Sponsor: BellSouth Corporation
Purpose: SITE VISIT TO VIEW DEMO OF VOIP AND IPTV TECHNOLOGY
Date: Apr 29, 2005
Expense: $474.21
source


Trips traveled under the office of John Dingell

Destination: DTW
Sponsor: Northwest Airlines Corporation
Purpose: FACT FINDING REGARDING NEW AIRPORT TERMINAL
Date: Apr 17, 2001
Expense: $643.50
source

Destination: DTW
Sponsor: Northwest Airlines Corporation
Purpose: REVIEW SECURITY ENHANCEMENTS AND OTHER PREPARATIONS FOR THE OPENING OF A NEW TERMINAL AT DTW
Date: Jan 28, 2002
Expense: $521.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of W.J. Tauzin

Destination: OREGON (VARIOUS SITES)
Sponsor: Foundation for Rural Service
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SITE VISITS RE: TELECOM ISSUES
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,165.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH CABLE INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES
Date: Dec 11, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,650.75
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: ATTEND TRADE SHOW
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,515.08
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Pete Filon.


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