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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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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

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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*

Melissa Bartlett


Total cost of 8 trips: $6,068.36


Trips traveled under the office of Joe Barton

Destination: TRAVELED TO SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Biotechnology Industry Organization
Purpose: TO VISIT BIOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH AND MANUFACTURING FACILITIES
Date: Nov 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,405.55
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: ALLIANCE FOR HEALTH REFORM/CHA
Purpose: HEALTH STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 6, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $234.00
source

Destination: TRAVELED TO AUSTIN, TEXAS
Sponsor: TEXAS MEDICAL FOUNDATION/AMERICAN HEALTH QUALITY ASSOCIATION
Purpose: TO VISIT WITH TEXAS QIO AND MEET WITH PROVIDERS USING QIO SERVICES
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $598.90
source

Destination: TAMPA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Long Term Care Pharmacy Alliance
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING AND SITE VISIT
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,050.61
source

Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: University of Virginia
Purpose: ATTEND A CONGRESSIONAL FAMILIARIZATION PROGRAM AT UVA REGARDING ISSUES PERTAINING TO MEDICAL SCHOOLS AND TEACHING HOSPITALS
Date: Aug 9, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $277.05
source

Destination: PITTSBURGH, PA
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP REGARDING NURSING HEALTHCARE QUALITY AT THE BEDSIDE "TRANSFORMING CARE AT THE BEDSIDE" PROGRAM
Date: Aug 11, 2005
Expense: $480.34
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: California Healthcare Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO AMGEN, MEDTRONIC, AND UCLA TO GAIN KNOWLEDGE OF BIOMEDICAL R&D AND MANUFACTURING AND HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGIES
Date: Aug 15, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,973.91
source

Destination: CHANTILLY, VA
Sponsor: QUEST DIAGNOSTICS
Purpose: FACT-FINDING VISIT AND TOUR OF QUEST DIAGNOSTICS NICHOLS INSTITUTE, CHANTILLY, VIRGINIA
Date: Aug 31, 2005
Expense: $48.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Melissa Bartlett.


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