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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.

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  • 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

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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.
  • 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*

Nancy Lifset


Total cost of 7 trips: $48,342.74


Trips traveled under the office of Randy Cunningham

Destination:
Sponsor: American Jewish Committee
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/ISRAEL GOVERNMENT, PEACE PROCESS AND NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES
Date: Jul 1, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $3,287.00
source

Destination: SWEDEN
Sponsor: Saab AB
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT DEFENSE TECHNOLOGIES JOINTLY SUPPORTED BY U.S. AND SWEDEN, AND OTHER TECHNOLOGIES WITH POTENTIAL APPLICATION FOR U.S. SECURITY REQUIREMENTS
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $7,000.00
source

Destination: ITALY
Sponsor: General Atomics
Purpose: VISITS TO NATO FACILITIES, AND MANUFACTURERS OF U.S. DEFENSE EQUIPMENTMEETING WITH U.S. EMBASSY REPRESENTATIVES IN ITALY
Date: Mar 29, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $5,462.86
source

Destination: BRUNSWICK, ME - GROTON, CT
Sponsor: General Dynamics Corporation
Purpose: VISIT 2 NAVAL SHIPBUILDING FACILITIES
Date: Jul 27, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,338.26
source

Destination: BERLIN
Sponsor: General Atomics
Purpose: TO VISIT GENERAL ATOMICS FACILITIES IN GERMANY RELATED TO U.S. AND NATO SECURITY, AND U.S. MILITARY OPERATIONS LOCATED THERE
Date: Aug 15, 2003 (9 days)
Expense: $7,192.83
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY-ANTARA AND ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Sponsor: General Atomics
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH TURKISH & ITALIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND CONTRACTORS TO DISCUSS NATO INTEROPERABILITY AND RELATED MILITARY ISSUES, MEETINGS WITH U.S. EMBASSY AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL IN ITALY AND TURKEY
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $9,588.63
source

Destination: AUSTRALIA
Sponsor: General Atomics
Purpose: TO VISIT WITH AUSTRALIAN OFFICIALS, MILITARY AND OTHERS ENGAGED IN U.S.-AUSTRALIAN MUTUAL SECURITY ISSUES
Date: Mar 17, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $14,473.16
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Nancy Lifset.


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