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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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    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

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    "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

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Christine Heggem


Total cost of 8 trips: $9,825.15


Trips traveled under the office of Conrad Burns

Destination: SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING RE: RESOURCE MANAGEMENT ISSUES IN ELECTRICITY GENERATION AND TRANSMISSION
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,696.00
source

Destination: MONTANA
Sponsor: American Forest Resource Council
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT TIMBER PRODUCTION ISSUES AND CONSERVATION PRACTICES IN NORTHWEST MONTANA
Date: Aug 20, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $520.00
source

Destination: FLORIDA KEYS
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 24, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: General Atomics
Purpose: GENERAL ATOMIC IS HOPING TO EXPAND THEIR LABORATORY OPERATIONS, POSSIBLY TO BOZEMAN. MOST OF THEIR FIDERALLY CONTRACTED BUSINESS COMES OUT OF THE ENERGY & H2O BILL
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,276.29
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: TO ATTEND NRECA'S NATIONAL CONVENTION AND LEARN ABOUT CURRENT CONCERNS FROM A MONTANA AND NATIONWIDE PERSPECTIVE
Date: Feb 14, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,145.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Shell Oil Co
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO TOUR OFF-SHORE DRILLING RIG
Date: Jul 18, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $748.00
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Sponsor: MidAmerican Energy Co
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ENERGY FORUM RE: GEOTHERMAL ENERGY, NATURAL GAS AND OTHER POWER ISSUES
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,512.86
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 25, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,327.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Christine Heggem.


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