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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*

Jeff Harrison


Total cost of 9 trips: $8,751.83


Trips traveled under the office of Norm Coleman

Destination: CHILE
Sponsor: Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: DISCUSS US-CHILE FTA
Date: May 24, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,425.33
source

Destination: RUTTGER'S BAY, MINNESOTA
Sponsor: MINNESOTA CORN GROWERS
Purpose: MINNESOTA CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION'S CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TOUR
Date: Aug 22, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,190.00
source

Destination: PHOENIX, ARIZONA
Sponsor: National Council of Farmer Co-ops
Purpose: SPEAK TO THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF FARMER OWNED COOPERATIVES
Date: Jan 10, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,383.15
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: RENEWABLE FUEL ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAK TO RENEWABLE FUELS ASSOCIATION CONVENTION
Date: Feb 16, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $810.10
source


Trips traveled under the office of Larry Combest

Destination: WYE WOODS CONFERENCE CENTER, QUEENSTOWN, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: HOUSE AG COMMITTEE BIPARTISAN RETREAT
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $285.00
source

Destination: BIG SKY, MONTANA
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: DISCUSS CURRENT ISSUES WITH RURAL BANKERS COMMITTEE
Date: Jul 8, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,237.66
source

Destination: MINNESOTA
Sponsor: MINNESOTA CORN GROWERS
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT CORN, ETHANOL PRODUCTION
Date: Aug 21, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $401.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: FLORIDA CITRUS MUTUAL, FL FARM BUREAU AND FL FRUIT AND VEGETABLE
Purpose: TOUR CITRUS PRODUCTION AND PROCESSING AND OTHER FL AGRICULTURE
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,199.59
source

Destination: MINNESOTA
Sponsor: MINNESOTA CORN GROWERS
Purpose: TOUR CORN, ETHANOL PRODUCING AREAS OF MN
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $820.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Jeff Harrison.


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