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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 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

    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

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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
  • 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.

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Trips by*

Thomas Kahn


Total cost of 11 trips: $34,722.24


Trips traveled under the office of John Spratt

Destination: OMAN
Sponsor: Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 18, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $8,510.00
source

Destination: DRESDEN AND BERLIN, GERMANY
Sponsor: Checkpoint Charlie Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jul 1, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $1,980.00
source

Destination: BRUSSELS
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 25, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $967.00
source

Destination: NY
Sponsor: Citigroup
Purpose: DELIVER REMARKS TO BUSINESS GROUP
Date: Dec 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $662.82
source

Destination: BOSTON-LAS VEGAS-WASHINGTON
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,537.25
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-KOREA
Sponsor: Korea-United States Exchange Council
Purpose: OFFICIAL BUSINESS
Date: Mar 30, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $3,211.00
source

Destination: KOREA-MALAYSIA-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: US-Malaysia Exchange Association
Purpose: OFFICIAL BUSINESS
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $3,345.00
source

Destination: BRAZIL
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: May 23, 2003 (9 days)
Expense: $2,299.00
source

Destination: RUSSIA
Sponsor: US-Russia Business Council
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 7, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $4,500.00
source

Destination: HOLLAND - BELGIUM
Sponsor: NETHERLANDS ATLANTIC ASSOCIATION
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 3, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $3,279.17
source

Destination: CAIRO
Sponsor: American Egyptian Cooperation Foundation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $4,431.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Thomas Kahn.


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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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.