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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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    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.
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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.

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

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Trips by*

Kyle Gilster


Total cost of 7 trips: $8,506.47


Trips traveled under the office of Doug Bereuter

Destination: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM FRANKFORT, GERMANY
Sponsor: GERMAN MARSHALL FUND - PAID FOR AIRFARE; EUROPEAN COMMISSION - PAID FOR MEALS, LODGING, AND IN-COUNTRY-TRANSPORT
Purpose: STUDY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION AND THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK
Date: Jan 8, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $2,511.92
source


Trips traveled under the office of Michael Oxley

Destination: ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE WINTER CONFERENCE-I PARTICIPATED IN A PANEL
Date: Feb 15, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,527.60
source

Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: Coalition of Service Industries
Purpose: STUDY THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION
Date: Feb 18, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,635.49
source

Destination: TOUR FIRST DATA RESOURCES FACILITY AND BRIEFED ON THEIR OPERATIONS
Sponsor: First Data Corporation
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT A COMPANY WHICH IS RELEVANT TO MY WORK ON THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WORKING WITH MR. BEREUTOR
Date: Mar 23, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $463.50
source

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston
Purpose: EDUCATION ON HOW THE FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK SYSTEM WORKS
Date: Aug 27, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,315.44
source

Destination: TOURED RURAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS
Sponsor: Housing Assistance Council
Purpose: LEARN MORE ABOUT USDA HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS
Date: Feb 20, 2004
Expense: $61.52
source

Destination: TOUR OF AMERICAN INDIAN RESERVATIONS IN SOUTH DAKOTA
Sponsor: National American Indian Housing Council
Purpose: TO REVIEW THE CONDITION OF AMERICAN INDIAN HOUSING
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $991.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Kyle Gilster.


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