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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*

Kevin Fitzpatrick


Total cost of 12 trips: $44,360.70


Trips traveled under the office of Steve Chabot

Destination: MEETINGS: MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE; US EMBASSY; US 8TH ARMY HQ; UN COMMAND; DMZ; NATIONAL ASSEMBLY; YOSEI UNIVERSITY; INSTITUTE OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND NATIONAL SECURITY; AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE; KOREA FOUNDATION
Sponsor: Republic of Korea
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Date: May 26, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $4,825.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN AND JAPAN
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN INTL INTER-PARLIAMENTARY CONFERENCE ON ASIAN-PACIFIC SECURITY AND MEET WITH TAIWANESE OFFICIALS INCLUDING PRESIDENT, VP, PREMIER, FOREIGN MINISTER AND LEGISLATORS, AND TO MEET WITH JAPANESE MINISTERS AND LEGISLATORS
Date: Jan 13, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $5,220.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF VISIT TO UNITED NATIONS
Date: Jul 17, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $706.40
source

Destination: Taiwan
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: To participate in meetings with Taiwan government officials, office of the President, National Security Council, Mainland Affairs Office, Foreign and Health Ministry, ect.,
Date: Nov 30, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $4,050.00
source

Destination: Washington, Taipei, Washington
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: Attend Int'l Interparlimentary conference on Asia Pacific Security, meet with the President, Vice President, foreign minister and legislators
Date: Jan 12, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $3,650.00
source

Destination: Washington D.C, New York, NY, Washington, D.C.
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: Meetings with United Nations officials
Date: May 6, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $835.90
source

Destination: Washington D.C., Taipei, Washington D.C.
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: Meeting with President, Vice President, Foreign Affairs Minister, President of Legislative Yuan, Chairman of Mainland Affairs Council, Members of Legislative, American Institute in Taiwan
Date: May 24, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $3,190.00
source

Destination: D.C., Seoul Korea, D.C.
Sponsor: Korea-United States Exchange Council
Purpose: Meeting with National Security Advisor & Defense Advisor to the President, Members of the National Assembly, US Ambassador to Rok, USAF-Korea
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $7,742.20
source

Destination: D.C.; Chicago, IL; D.C.
Sponsor: Association for Manufacturing Technology
Purpose: Attend 2004 International Manufacturing Technology show
Date: Sep 10, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $811.60
source

Destination: D.C.; Taipei; D.C.
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: Meet with government officials, observe parlimentary elections
Date: Dec 6, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $4,200.00
source

Destination: EGYPT
Sponsor: American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt
Purpose: MEET WITH SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, BUSINESS LEADERS, TOUR ANTIQUITY SITES, US AID PROJECTS
Date: Jan 8, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $2,793.15
source

Destination: SERBIA, MACEDONIA, KOSOVO, MONTENEGRO
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States
Purpose: MEET WITH GOV'T OFFICIALS, USAID, UN MILITARY COMMAND, NGO'S, BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVES, PARLIAMENTARIANS
Date: Feb 19, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $6,336.45
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Kevin Fitzpatrick.


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