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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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  • 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

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*

Amy Heerink


Total cost of 7 trips: $5,407.45


Trips traveled under the office of Thomas Davis

Destination: MARCH 16TH: ISSUE BRIEFINGS, EVENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS MARCH 17TH: ISSUE BRIEFING, EVENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Sponsor: THE DUTKO GROUP; UNDERWRITTEN BY ALCATEL, ACT, AT&T CABLE & WIRELESS, LEVEL 3 COMM., MICROSOFT, PEGASUS COMM, MP3. COM SAIC, VERISIGN, WINSTAR COMM, AND XO COMM.
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ON THE INTERNET
Date: Mar 16, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $588.76
source

Destination: 4/19: KEYNOTE ADDRESS; 4/20: WORKSHOPS ON BROADBAND; 4/21: WORKSHOP ON BROADBAND
Sponsor: Comptel/ASCENT
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ON BROADBAND ISSUES
Date: Apr 19, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $618.30
source

Destination: AUG 13-MORNING PANELS & EVENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS AUG 14-MORNING PANELS & EVENING CONGRESSIONAL STAFF LEGISLATIVE ISSUE DINNERS; AUG 15-MORNINNG PANELS
Sponsor: Electronic Industries Alliance
Purpose: ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLE
Date: Aug 12, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $420.61
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $787.50
source

Destination: TECH POLICY 2002 LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT CYBERSECURITY, ONLINE MUSIC, AND WIRELESS INTERNET ISSUES
Date: Feb 22, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $657.46
source


Trips traveled under the office of David Dreier

Destination: 5/4AM: WIRELESS ISSUES FORUM; 5/4PM: DONATE-A-PHONE BRIEFI
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE ISSUES DISCUSSION
Date: May 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,015.93
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: EDUC. TRIP ON CONTENT PIRACY
Date: Jan 15, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,318.89
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Amy Heerink.


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