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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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Trips by*

Rebekah Hamilton


Total cost of 10 trips: $11,273.71


Trips traveled under the office of Sam Johnson

Destination: PORTLAND, OR
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose:
Date: Sep 18, 1999 (3 days)
Expense: $1,124.75
source

Destination: DALLAS, TEXAS
Sponsor: TXU Corporation
Purpose: TO TOUR FACILITIES; LEARN ABOUT ELECTRICITY RESTRUCTING AND NUCLEAR WASTE
Date: Jan 11, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,341.56
source

Destination: LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY
Sponsor: Council for Burley Tobacco and affiliates
Purpose: PROVIDE A GRASS ROOTS VIEW OF KENTUCKY'S AGRICULTURE ARE FARMERS AND FARM PROBLEMS.
Date: Aug 7, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $552.72
source

Destination: VISITED SUGAR RESEARCHERS, PRODUCERS, PROCESSING PLANT; EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER
Sponsor: American Sugar Cane League
Purpose: TO OBSERVE FIRST HAND THE OPERATIONS OF AN AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY
Date: Nov 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $825.00
source

Destination: CLEWISTON AND BELLE GLADE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: FLORIDA SUGAR CANE LEAGUE & SUGAR CANE GROWERS COOPERATIVE OF FLOR
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO LEARN ABOUT THE CULTIVATION, HARVESTING, PROCESSING, REFINING AND MARKETING OF SUGARCANE
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $829.00
source

Destination: BIG BROWN & COMANCHE PECK
Sponsor: TXU Corporation
Purpose: VISIT THEIR LIGNITE & NUCLEAR FACILITY SITES
Date: Apr 14, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $2,546.64
source

Destination: LUFKIN, TX
Sponsor: American Forest & Paper Association
Purpose: TO SEE, UNDERSTAND AND RELATE TO THE EAST TAXES FORESTRY INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 22, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $665.00
source

Destination: SEMINARS
Sponsor: ALCATEL, ACT, AT&T, LEVEL 3 COMMUNICATIONS, MICROSOFT, NARM, PEGASUS, SPRINT, TELERAIN, VERISIGN, XO COMM & VSD
Purpose: TELECOM TECH POLICY LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 22, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $688.27
source

Destination: VISITED NUCLEAR ENERGY FACILITY AND ENTERGY HEADQUARTERS
Sponsor: Entergy Corporation
Purpose:
Date: Apr 12, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $936.77
source

Destination: PUBLIC ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL, AMERICAN YOUTHWORKS CHARTER SCHOOL; PROJECT BUSINESS PROGRAM
Sponsor: American Youth Policy Forum
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT EFFORTS IN TEXAS TO IMPROVE TRADITIONAL AND NON-TRADITIONAL EDUCATION AND OPTIONS FOR "AT PROMISE" YOUTH.
Date: Dec 3, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $764.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Rebekah Hamilton.


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