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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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    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*

Eli Hopson


Total cost of 8 trips: $11,860.86


Trips traveled under the office of Sherwood Boehlert

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Association of International Automobile Manufacturers
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW, AND BE BRIEFED ON HYDROGEN FUEL-CELL VEHICLES.
Date: Apr 15, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $695.00
source

Destination: LONDON, UK
Sponsor: National Grid USA
Purpose: TO TOUR ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION FACILITIES AND TO DISCUSS THE UNITED KINGDOM'S ELECTRICITY TRANSMISSION SYSTEM. MET WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM NATIONAL GRID TRANSCO AND THE GOVERNMENT MINISTRY WITH OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE TRANSMISSION SYSTEM
Date: Jun 29, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $2,220.24
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: TO ATTEND MICROSOFT'S RESEARCH FAIR
Date: Mar 4, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,107.57
source

Destination: KNOXVILLE
Sponsor: East Tennessee Economic Council
Purpose: OVERSIGHT TRIP OF OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY
Date: Jul 26, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $337.04
source

Destination: HANFORD, WA - SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Tri-City Industrial Development Council (TRIDEC)
Purpose: TO PERFORM OVERSIGHT AT THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIONAL LABORATORY, AND TOUR THE NUCLEAR WASTE SUE AT HANFORD
Date: Aug 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,306.22
source

Destination: SAC
Sponsor: Alliance to Save Energy
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT FINDING
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $1,357.79
source

Destination: WATERTON, VA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: TO ATTEND A COURSE ON "ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE THE SCIENCE AND HUMAN HEALTH IMPACTS
Date: Apr 29, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $535.00
source

Destination: BEIJING, CHINA
Sponsor: US-China Policy Foundation
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE POLITICAL, SOCIAL, BUSINESS, AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENT IN CHINA, AND HOW IT IS AFFECTING AND COULD AFFECT THE UNITED STATES
Date: Aug 7, 2005 (10 days)
Expense: $3,302.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Eli Hopson.


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