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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

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Trips by*

Christopher Miller


Total cost of 7 trips: $6,292.97


Trips traveled under the office of Max Baucus

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV - YUCCA MTN
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT AND REVIEW PROGRESS ON HIGH-LEVEL NUCLEAR WASTE REPOSITORY AND RADIATION STANDARDS
Date: Feb 16, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $1,023.01
source


Trips traveled under the office of Jim Jeffords

Destination: TUSCON, AZ
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE, SPEAK, AND EDUCATION
Date: Feb 17, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,052.81
source

Destination: BRONXVILLE, NEW YORK
Sponsor: SARAH LAWRENCE COLLEGE
Purpose: MAKE PRESENTATION ON AIR QUALITY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY POLICY AND CONGRESSIONAL PROCESSES TO FACULTY AND STUDENTS
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $200.00
source

Destination: BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
Sponsor: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Purpose: ATTEND EDUCATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON FINE PARTICULATE MATTER AND MAKE PRESENTATION ON PENDING LEGISLATION
Date: Aug 11, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $1,249.50
source

Destination: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Sponsor: US Conference of Mayors
Purpose: PRESENTATION TO U.S. CONFERENCE OF MAYORS, DISCUSSION OF PENDING LEGISLATION
Date: Sep 9, 2003
Expense: $531.50
source

Destination: DEDHAM, MASSACHUSETTS
Sponsor: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Purpose: ATTEND EDUCATIONAL SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE ON TOXIC AIR POLLUTANTS' EFFECTS ON HEALTH/ENVIRONMENT
Date: Aug 3, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,050.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Harry Reid

Destination: DILLON, CO
Sponsor: Keystone Center
Purpose: MEETING OF KEYSTONE ENERGY BOARD-A NATIONAL POLICY FORUM ON ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Date: Feb 1, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,186.15
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Christopher Miller.


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