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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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    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.

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.

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Trips by*

Amanda Foster


Total cost of 6 trips: $9,958.61


Trips traveled under the office of Bob Goodlatte

Destination: PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA
Sponsor: National Mining Association
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE MINING INDUSTRY
Date: Jul 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $837.50
source

Destination: AUSTIN, TX-DALLAS, TX
Sponsor: APPLIED MATERIALS, DELL, HEWLETT PACKARD, INTEL, SOLECTRON, AND TEXAS INSTRUMENTS
Purpose: TO SEE THE INNER WORKINGS OF THE HIGH-TECH MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE INDUSTRY IMPACT ON THE ECONOMY, AND HOW FEDERAL POLICY AFFECTS THE INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,442.84
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL TRIP
Date: Apr 10, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $4,300.00
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: Dominion Resources Inc
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TOUR AND BRIEFINGS ON ENERGY ISSUES, NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS, AND SPENT FUEL
Date: Mar 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $429.80
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO SILICON VALLEY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CUTTING-EDGE ISSUES AFFECTING THE IT INDUSTRY FROM KEY LEADERS IN THE HIGH-TECH COMMUNITY
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,688.62
source

Destination: CENTRAL VIRGINIA (CULPEPER, MADISON, WARRENTON AREA)
Sponsor: VA FARM BUREAU, FARM CREDIT OF THE VIRGINIAS, SYNAGRO, AND VA FOREST PRODUCTS ASSOC.
Purpose: TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF MEMBERS TO VISIT FARM AND FORESTRY OPERATIONS TO GAIN KNOWLEDGE OF CURRENT ISSUES
Date: May 6, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $259.85
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Amanda Foster.


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.