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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 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*

Eric Johnson


Total cost of 13 trips: $52,864.30


Trips traveled under the office of Robert Wexler

Destination: EGYPT
Sponsor: Egypt's International Economic Forum
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 14, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $1,668.00
source

Destination: OMAN
Sponsor: Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 19, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $8,510.00
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: International Coalition for Missing Israeli Soldiers
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 28, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,430.80
source

Destination: TAIWAN, ROC
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Dec 17, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $3,305.00
source

Destination: ANKARA AND ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Sponsor: ITKIB Association USA
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP-CAUCUS ON US-TURKISH RELATIONS
Date: Feb 14, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $5,233.50
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: News Corporation Ltd
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT-FINDING
Date: May 29, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,258.00
source

Destination: BRUSSELS
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 11, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $2,639.20
source

Destination: SYRIA, JORDAN, ISRAEL
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 30, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $7,362.39
source

Destination: NORTHERN CYPRUS/ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Sponsor: Turkish Cypriot History Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $2,254.24
source

Destination: JAKARTA, YOGYAKARTA & BALI
Sponsor: United States-Indonesia Society
Purpose: FACT-FINDING, EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 18, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $7,425.00
source

Destination: MEINZ, BAMBERG, BERLIN, GERMANY
Sponsor: Hanseatic Institute Inc
Purpose: FACT-FINDING, EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 14, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $1,930.00
source

Destination: AMSTERDAM-BELGIUM
Sponsor: NETHERLANDS ATLANTIC ASSOCIATION
Purpose: FACT-FINDING/EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 3, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $3,590.17
source

Destination: BEIJING, CHINA-NANJING, CHINA-SHANGHAI, CHINA
Sponsor: CASI FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN & CHINA CONTACT FRIENDLY ASSOC.
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT FINDING
Date: Jul 2, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $4,258.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Eric Johnson.


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