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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

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    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*

Christopher Fish


Total cost of 6 trips: $8,377.90


Trips traveled under the office of John Sweeney

Destination: MIAMI FLORIDA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: INTRODUCT MYSELF (NEWSTAFFER) TO THE INTER AMERICAN ECONOMIC COUNCIL REVIEW US/CARIBBEAN/LATIN AMERICA TRADE/TOURISM ISSUES STRENETREN RELATIONSHIPS REVIEW VIABLE SOLUTIONS
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,702.15
source

Destination: SILICON VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: TO ATTEND CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY ISSUES FACING OUR NATION
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,141.00
source

Destination: GREENBRIER, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE/SENATE CHIEF OF STAFF BICAMERAL RETREAT DISCUSS/REVIEW 2005 POLICY ISSUES
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,006.00
source

Destination: BELIZE
Sponsor: Wildlife Conservation Society
Purpose: TOUR WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY CONSERVATION PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS CONGRESSMAN SWEENEY IS A MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONSERVATION CAUCUS
Date: Mar 20, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,980.00
source

Destination: DALLAS
Sponsor: WILLIAMS PYRO INC. FLOWSERVE CORP EXXON MOBIL CORP TEXAS INSTRUMENT ORTHOFIX INC. EDS
Purpose: ATTEND TWO DAYS OF A THREE DAY FORUM FOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TO SEE FIRST HAND THE INNER WORKINGS OF THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR. ALSO TO DISCUSS FEDERAL POLICIES AND ITS EFFECTS ON MANUFACTURING
Date: Jul 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $994.85
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America Inc
Purpose: PARTICIPATED IN CONGRESSIONAL PANEL DISCUSSION. PROVIDED CONGRESSIONAL UPDATE ON LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY IN WASHINGTON
Date: Jul 24, 2005
Expense: $553.90
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Christopher Fish.


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