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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.
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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

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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

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*

Karen Lynch


Total cost of 11 trips: $10,519.35


Trips traveled under the office of Michael Oxley

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Instinet Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jun 28, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $809.84
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS, MO
Sponsor: American Financial Services Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 13, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $516.64
source

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 30, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $882.65
source

Destination: DC - TUCSON, AZ
Sponsor: Community Financial Services Association of America
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL, SPEAKING EVENT
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $307.46
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Food Marketing Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL; FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 2, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,224.05
source

Destination: DC - CHICAGO
Sponsor: CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE, CHICAGO BOARD OPTIONS EXCHANGE, CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE, CHICAGO STOCK EXCH
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 28, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $911.82
source

Destination: DC - BOSTON
Sponsor: American Bar Association
Purpose: PANEL SPEAKER
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $480.29
source

Destination: DC TO LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Citigroup
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,625.00
source

Destination: D.C. - ST. PETERSBURG, FL
Sponsor: Capital One Financial Corporation
Purpose: SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE/EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 6, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,976.34
source

Destination: DC - TEMPE, AZ
Sponsor: JP Morgan Chase & Co
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: May 29, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,242.26
source


Trips traveled under the office of Rick Renzi

Destination: GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $543.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Karen Lynch.


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