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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

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Trips by*

Will Heaton


Total cost of 13 trips: $21,798.53


Trips traveled under the office of Bob Ney

Destination: WASHINGTON DC TO TOLEDO OHIO
Sponsor: Owens Corning
Purpose: BUSINESS - LEGISLATIVE ISSUES - ACCOMPANY MEMBER FOR A SPEECH
Date: Jan 25, 2002
Expense: $6,000.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Boich Group
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF ENERGY LEGISLATION FOR 108TH CONGRESS
Date: Jan 18, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $385.00
source

Destination: MERCATUS RETREAT-PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: TO LEARN & DISCUSS CONGRESSIONAL & ECONOMIC PROBLEMS IN THE US
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $275.00
source

Destination: DC TO ELKHART, INDIANA (RND TRIP)
Sponsor: Manufactured Housing Association
Purpose: 1. ON SITE TOUR OF MANUFACTURED HOUSING FACILITY 2. REVIEW ISSUES AFFECTING MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY
Date: Mar 17, 2003
Expense: $2,144.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK (LAGUARDIA)
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP ABOUT NASDAQ'S INFRASTRUCTURE AND OPERATIONS
Date: May 29, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $869.68
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE ISSUES HOUSE/SENATE RELATIONS
Date: Jan 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $896.00
source

Destination: DAYTONA
Sponsor: International Speedway Corporation
Purpose: TAX LAW & DEPRECIATION COSTS ON CAPITAL INVESTMENTS
Date: Feb 6, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $822.64
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: IMPROVE COMMUNICATION AND COORDINATION BETWEEN CAUCUS OFFICES AND REGION, REVIEW RECENT CARIBBEAN DEVELOPMENTS, AND DEVELOP TWO YEAR'S CAUCUS PRIORITIES.
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,702.15
source

Destination: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-ANTIGUA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE BUSINESS ROUNDTABLES DURING THE INTER-AMERICAN ECONOMIC COUNCIL'S 2005 CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND ANTIGUA. MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $4,982.69
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: TRIPS WAS TO WORK WITH POLICY ANALYSTS AND OTHER CONGRESSIONAL STAFF ABOUT ISSUE ON THE CONGRESSIONAL AGENDA FOR 2005
Date: Feb 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $671.00
source

Destination: DAYTONA, FL
Sponsor: International Speedway Corporation
Purpose: TO EXAMINE TAX ISSUES SPECIFICALLY DEALING WITH DEPRECIATION SCHEDULES FOR MAJOR ENTERTAINMENT
Date: Feb 11, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $900.56
source

Destination: GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: TO WORK WITH CONGRESSIONAL STAFF ON LEGISLATIVE ISSUE FOR 2005
Date: Mar 5, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $534.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL (BWI)-MIAMI
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE INTER-AMERICAN ECONOMIC COUNCIL'S 2005 CONGRESSIONAL CARIBBEAN CAUCUS STAFF MEETINGS
Date: Apr 22, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,615.81
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Will Heaton.


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