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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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  • 08.27.15

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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

    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

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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

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Trips by*

Thad Huguley


Total cost of 8 trips: $25,174.77


Trips traveled under the office of Marion Berry

Destination: HAMBURG
Sponsor: Checkpoint Charlie Foundation
Purpose: STUDY GERMAN POLITICS AND CULTURE
Date: May 26, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $1,680.00
source

Destination: TOURED KIT CARSON ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE SERVICE AREA
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jun 30, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,500.00
source

Destination: SANTIAGO
Sponsor: Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION TO CHILE. FOCUSED PRIMARILY ON US/CHILE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,516.00
source

Destination: RAPID CITY, SD - GILLETTE, WY
Sponsor: Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc
Purpose: TOUR COAL MINE AND DISCUSS RELEVANT ISSUES
Date: Jul 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,220.17
source

Destination: DOHA
Sponsor: QATAR CENTER FOR EDUCATION & CULTURE EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $7,700.00
source

Destination: JONESBORO - HAVANA - MEMPHIS
Sponsor: JULIE AND MARTY BELE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jul 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,960.00
source

Destination: BRASILIA - RIO DA JANEIRO
Sponsor: Brazil Information Center
Purpose: U.S./BRAZIL CONGRESSIONAL STAFF DIALOGUE AND FACT-FINDING
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $6,660.60
source

Destination: SEATTLE
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: TOURED MICROSOFT CAMPUS AND BRIEFED ON FEDERAL ISSUES OF INTEREST TO MICROSOFT
Date: Jun 2, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,938.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Thad Huguley.


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