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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.

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*

Janine Benner


Total cost of 7 trips: $9,972.66


Trips traveled under the office of Earl Blumenauer

Destination:
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING ABOUT YUCCA MTN, NV
Date: Nov 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,395.70
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - SACRAMENTO, CA
Sponsor: American Forest Resource Council
Purpose: EDUCATION ABOUT FOREST HEALTH
Date: May 28, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,117.50
source

Destination: BOZEMAN, MT. DRIVE TO WEST YELLOWSTONE.
Sponsor: National Public Lands Grazing Campaign/American Lands Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TOUR TO YELLOWSTONE ECOSYSTEM TO VIEW DAMAGES TO VEGETATION AND WILDLIFE DONE BY LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION
Date: Aug 26, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,172.52
source

Destination: ST LOUIS, MO
Sponsor: NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION
Purpose: SPEAKING AT THE NATIONAL CORPS (OF ENGINEERS) REFORM NETWORK'S ANNUAL MEETING AND VISIT TO CORPS PROJECTS ON MISSOURI RIVER
Date: Oct 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $399.50
source

Destination: FAIRBANKS, AK BEAVER, ARCTIC VILLAGE, ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE KAKTORIK, FAIRBANKS
Sponsor: ALASKA COALITION, ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE, EARTHJUSTIC, NRDC, SIERRA CLUB, THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY, WWF
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP ON ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE OIL DRILLING ENERGY AND WILDLIFE ISSUES
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $3,056.66
source

Destination: AIRLIE CENTER, WARRENTON, VA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: A COURSE WITH A SERIES OF LECTURES BY PROFESSORS FROM HARVARD AND OTHER UNIVERSITIES ON ISSUES AFFECTING PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $535.00
source

Destination: COSTA RICA
Sponsor: Organization for Tropical Studies
Purpose: U.S. DECISION-MAKERS COURSE ON ECOLOGICAL, ECONOMIC, POLITICAL, AND SOCIAL FACTORS SHAPING RESOURCE USE AND CONSERVATION IN LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES
Date: May 29, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $2,295.78
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Janine Benner.


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