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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

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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

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Wallace Hsueh


Total cost of 13 trips: $19,476.08


Trips traveled under the office of Gordon Smith

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: TELECOMMUNICATIONS SUMMIT & FACILITY TOUR
Date: Feb 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,641.15
source

Destination: PORTLAND, OR TO SACRAMENTO, CA
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Company
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP REGARDING THE STATE OF THE REAL INDUSTRY
Date: May 29, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,921.02
source

Destination: PORTLAND, OR
Sponsor: Oregon Association of Nurseries
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TOUR OF OREGON NURSERY & CHRISTMAS TREE PRODUCTION
Date: Aug 15, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,926.18
source

Destination: DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: CMS Energy Corporation
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL PIPELINE SAFETY TOUR IN MICHIGAN
Date: Aug 20, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $910.75
source

Destination: DULLES, VA - LOS ANGELES, CA - SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: MEETINGS AND SITE TOUR OF AOL TIME WARNER COMPANY FACILITIES & LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
Date: Aug 22, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,477.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: MICROSOFT/COLUMBIA RESOURCE GROUP
Purpose: MICROSOFT WINDOWS XP LAUNCH
Date: Oct 24, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $947.31
source

Destination: BRISTOL, CONNECTICUT
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: MEETINGS & FACT-FINDING AT ESPN HEADQUARTERS
Date: Jan 25, 2002
Expense: $571.32
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: BRIEFINGS & MEETINGS WITH RECORDING INDUSTRY & ARTISTS REGARDING THE "STATE OF THE INDUSTRY"
Date: Jun 13, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,105.00
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, S.C.
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: TELECOMMUNICATIONS SEMINAR
Date: Jun 29, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,074.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Dec 5, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,790.98
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Motion Picture Association of America
Purpose: VISIT STUDIOS TO DISCUSS PIRACY ISSUES & TO UNDERSTAND MOTION PICTURE INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,332.87
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FL
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: STAFF CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,148.50
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Apr 22, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,629.50
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Wallace Hsueh.


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