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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.
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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.

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

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Jamie Karl


Total cost of 9 trips: $19,997.33


Trips traveled under the office of Chuck Hagel

Destination:
Sponsor: Shell Oil Co
Purpose:
Date: Jun 19, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $929.09
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS AND LOUISIANA COAST
Sponsor: Shell Oil Co
Purpose: OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING SITE VISIT AND GAS REFINERY TOUR
Date: Jul 19, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $862.45
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Sponsor: MidAmerican Energy Co
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TOUR OF GEOTHERMAL PLANT
Date: Jan 19, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,024.85
source

Destination: TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING/EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $3,950.00
source

Destination: ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: NUCLEAR ENERGY FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Aug 25, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $3,163.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: New York Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: ENERGY TRADING SEMINAR
Date: Nov 22, 2002
Expense: $394.50
source


Trips traveled under the office of Lee Terry

Destination: LONDON, DOHA
Sponsor: Qatar Center for Futuristic Studies
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $7,700.00
source

Destination: DES MOINES, IA TO OMAHA, NE
Sponsor: MidAmerican Energy Co
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-VISITED AND TOURED SEVERAL ENERGY PRODUCTION SITES
Date: Aug 2, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $627.59
source

Destination: GILLETTE, WY
Sponsor: Domestic Petroleum Council
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL FIELD TRIP TO POWDER RIVER BASIN OF NORTHEAST WYOMING
Date: Aug 16, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,345.85
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Jamie Karl.


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