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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

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Trips by*

Lisa Kidder


Total cost of 8 trips: $13,006.29


Trips traveled under the office of Larry Craig

Destination: PHOENIX, NJ
Sponsor: Qwest Communications International Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION, SEE NEW TECHNOLOGIES ON BRASTBURG AREAS AND BUILD OUT OF FACILITIES IN AREA
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $2,981.29
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT FINDING & EDUCATION VISIT ON TAIWAN AND US ECONOMIC AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS RELATIONS
Date: Aug 18, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $3,900.00
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Destination: SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
Sponsor: Idaho Hospital Association
Purpose: IDAHO HOSPITAL ANNUAL CONVENTION ADDRESING BOARD OF DELEGATES
Date: Sep 29, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $725.00
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Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: INSTITUTE
Purpose: VISIT TO MICROSOFT, AT&T TO LEARN OF FEDERAL PROCESS OF INTEREST TO GROUPS
Date: Nov 3, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $1,820.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: American College of Surgeons
Purpose: ALLOW STAFF TO EXPERIENCE DAILY LIFE OF SURGICAL RESIDENTS AND LEARN ISSUES IMPORTANT TO MEDICAL COMMUNITY
Date: Jan 8, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $950.00
source

Destination: DENVER, COLORADO & MANITOU SPRINGS, COLORADO
Sponsor: National Health Policy Forum
Purpose: SITE VISIT REGARDING MOUNTAINING THE SAFETY NOT IN UNION & RURAL COLORADO
Date: Aug 20, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Destination: SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
Sponsor: Idaho Hospital Association
Purpose: PRESENT AT ANNUAL IDAHO HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION CONVENTION
Date: Oct 4, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $580.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: National Health Policy Forum
Purpose: WE VISIT TO LOOK AT CONTINUED CARE FOR ELDERLY AND DISABLED
Date: Mar 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $450.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Lisa Kidder.


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