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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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    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

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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.
  • 08.27.15

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  • 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*

Robert Holste


Total cost of 15 trips: $39,305.88


Trips traveled under the office of Philip English

Destination: CAPE COD, MA
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Jul 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,966.50
source

Destination: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose:
Date: Dec 1, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,055.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: VISIT NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES
Date: Dec 9, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $4,922.90
source

Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $479.00
source

Destination: TUCZON, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 17, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,646.77
source

Destination: SUN VALLEY
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Feb 23, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,403.50
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (9 days)
Expense: $6,329.52
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Jul 5, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,060.75
source

Destination: BONITA SPRINGS, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 16, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $2,225.48
source

Destination: SINGAPORE
Sponsor: Singapore International Foundation
Purpose: TRADE TRIP-INTERNATIONAL TRADE ISSUES/POLICY
Date: Mar 22, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $6,762.29
source

Destination: YUCCA MT.
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: May 5, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $992.00
source

Destination: SUN VALLEY, ID
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN TAX SEMINAR
Date: Feb 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,180.90
source

Destination: SUN VALLEY, ID
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN TAX SEMINAR
Date: Feb 20, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,180.90
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TX
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,729.12
source

Destination: HANOI-LAM DONG-HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM-CAMBODIA
Sponsor: US-Vietnam Trade Council
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF DELGATION FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Mar 26, 2005 (10 days)
Expense: $5,371.25
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Robert Holste.


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