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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

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Daniel Gans


Total cost of 9 trips: $28,220.72


Trips traveled under the office of Bob Riley

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO SINGAPORE
Sponsor: Singapore Technologies
Purpose: INFORMATIONAL VISIT TO DISCUSS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES FOR ALABAMA (BIONIX PROGRAM)
Date: Apr 29, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $7,493.70
source

Destination:
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: TO EXPLORE MANY CHALLENGES FACING ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES IN RURAL AREAS
Date: Jul 5, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,400.00
source

Destination: SINGAPORE
Sponsor: In Vision Technologies
Purpose: TO DISCUSS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & TRADE ISSUES
Date: Aug 4, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $6,657.00
source

Destination: HONGKONG
Sponsor: Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office
Purpose: TO DISCUSS TRADE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 9, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $2,313.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: NATIONAL SECURITY FACT-FINDING & EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Aug 13, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,242.00
source

Destination: YUCCA MOUNTAIN
Sponsor: NUCLEAR ENERGY INSTITUTE YUCCA MN. PROJECT OFFICE=$25
Purpose:
Date: Feb 20, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $905.25
source

Destination: VISIT TO NASDAQ STOCK MARKET, NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL VISIT TO NASDAQ STOCK MARKET
Date: May 20, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $533.77
source

Destination: MOSCOW & ST. PETERSBURG
Sponsor: General Atomics
Purpose: TO INSPECT THE FORMER SOVIET UNION'S COMPLIANCE WITH AN INTERNATION TREATY TO DISPOSE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS & TO SPEAK WITH SCIENTISTS FORMERLY, EMPLOYED IN THE SOVIET UNION'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAMS.
Date: May 25, 2001 (9 days)
Expense: $7,027.00
source

Destination: GREENBRIER-MEETINGS FOR CHIEFS OF STAFF
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Feb 19, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $649.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Daniel Gans.


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