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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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    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

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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.
  • 08.27.15

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  • 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*

Debra Marshall


Total cost of 9 trips: $12,765.35


Trips traveled under the office of Fred Upton

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO CONFERENCE
Date: May 19, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $464.08
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Sponsor: RAILWAY TIE ASSOCIATION
Purpose: TO SPEAK ON WORKING WITH CONGRESS
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,359.66
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC-DETROIT MI
Sponsor: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING ON NHTSA LAWS
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,010.93
source

Destination: STOWE VT
Sponsor: Northeast Public Power Association
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT DIFFERENT ENERGY NEEDS OF SMALL NORTHEASTERN STATES & TOUR FACILITIES
Date: Aug 1, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $856.60
source

Destination: INDIANAPOLIS IN
Sponsor: Council of Federal Home Loan Banks
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT HOUSING PROGRAMS FOR LOW INCOME & DISADVENTAGED
Date: Aug 5, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $658.57
source

Destination: PORTLAND, MAINE
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT CABLE AND VOICE OVER INTERNET PROTOCOL (VOIP)
Date: Aug 12, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,109.16
source

Destination: DETROIT, MI
Sponsor: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Inc
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE AUTO INDUSTRY & THEIR DEVELOPMENT OF NEW VEHICLES
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,120.20
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,113.11
source

Destination: BERLIN - POBDCM SPEYER - HEIDELBERG, GERMANY
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT POLITICAL & ECONOMIC TRENDS IN GERMANY AND SOLIDIFY OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GERMAN LEADERS
Date: Aug 28, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $3,073.04
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Debra Marshall.


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