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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 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 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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    "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
  • 08.27.15

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Trips by*

John Mulligan


Total cost of 7 trips: $21,734.39


Trips traveled under the office of Adam Smith

Destination: WASH TO ARIZONA
Sponsor: Qwest Communications International Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,596.27
source

Destination: PACIFIC NORTHWEST CONGRESSIONAL STAFF VISIT
Sponsor: BOEING CO, IMMUNEX CORP, MICROSOFT CORP, AND WASHINGTON MUTUAL
Purpose:
Date: Aug 27, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,465.60
source

Destination: Consumer Electronics Show, LAS VEGAS NEVADA
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: EXPERIENCE FIRST HAND NOW TECHNOLOGY BEING DEVELOPED
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,204.00
source

Destination: SILICON VALLEY, CA
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: EDUCATE SELF ON ISSUES AFFECTING IT INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,909.50
source

Destination: DCA-O'HARE-BEIJING-URUMQI-SHANGHAI-SAN FRANCISCO-DULLES
Sponsor: US CHINA POLICY FOUNDATION & THE FREEMAN FOUNDATION
Purpose: FOREIGN POLICY, TRADE FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 9, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $3,490.00
source

Destination: BANGKOK, THAILAND TO TOKYO, JAPAN TO NAGOYA, JAPAN
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT STUDY TOUR. THE TRADE AND POVERTY FORUM MOBILIZES POLITICAL WILL AND ECONOMIC RESOURCES IN THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY
Date: Mar 28, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $9,975.00
source

Destination: IAD TO NEW ORLEANS NEW ORLEANS TO DCA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: POLICY RETREAT
Date: Apr 28, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,094.02
source



* - Trips by all travelers named John Mulligan.


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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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.