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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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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*

Andrew Keiser


Total cost of 7 trips: $9,850.40


Trips traveled under the office of Michael Rogers

Destination: TOUR AND BRIEFING REGARDING YUCCA MOUNTAIN NUCLEAR STORAGE FACILITY
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: EDUCATION ON POTENTIAL NUCLEAR WASTE REPOSITORY AT YUCCA MOUNTAIN
Date: May 5, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,099.00
source

Destination: SERIES OF EDUCATION & INFORMATION SUMMITS & CONFERENCES ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS ISSUES
Sponsor: Telecommunications Industry Association
Purpose: EDUCATION ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS ISSUES BEFORE CONGRESS AND THE FCC
Date: Apr 11, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $539.00
source

Destination: TOUR OF ENERGY TRADING FLOOR, POWER PLANT & TRANSMISSION CENTER
Sponsor: American Public Power Association
Purpose: EDUCATION ON ELECTRICITY GENERATION, TRANSMISSION & TRADING
Date: Apr 16, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,084.50
source

Destination: CONFERENCES TO DISCUSS FEDERAL ENERGY POLICY
Sponsor: Electric Power Supply Association
Purpose: EDUCATION OF ENERGY ISSUES BEFORE CONGRESS & THE FERL
Date: May 29, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $976.40
source

Destination: CONFERENCES TO DISCUSS FEDERAL REGULATION, LEGISLATION OF THE CABLE INDUSTRY
Sponsor: Comcast Corporation
Purpose: EDUCATION ON REGULATION & LEGISLATION ON THE CABLE INDUSTRY
Date: Oct 17, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $503.00
source

Destination: DEPART LEXINGTON, KY - LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: American Public Power Association
Purpose: EDUCATION ON ELECTRICITY GENERATION AND TRANSMISSION CHALLENGES FACING CA AND THE NATION
Date: Feb 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,348.50
source

Destination: REPUBLIC OF CHINA (TAIWAN)
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: EDUCATION ON U.S.-TAIWAN FOREIGN POLICY & TRADE ISSUES. ALSO TO OBSERVE PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS
Date: Dec 7, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $4,300.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Andrew Keiser.


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