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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*

Brian Nagle


Total cost of 7 trips: $15,306.69


Trips traveled under the office of Ernest Hollings

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: ATTENDING SEMINAR EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Jan 13, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $4,970.00
source

Destination: GREATER SAN FRANCISCO, CA REGION
Sponsor: Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PHRMA)
Purpose: SITE VISIT FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH AND MANUFACTURING FACILITIES
Date: Aug 27, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,474.35
source

Destination: DAYTONA, FL
Sponsor: International Speedway Corporation
Purpose: STUDY THE IMPACT OF PROFESSIONAL MOTOR SPORTS ON THE US ECONOMY
Date: Feb 6, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $822.64
source

Destination: ENGLAND (BARRON, SELLAFIELD, LONDON)
Sponsor: BNFL Nuclear Services Inc
Purpose: INVESTIGATE METHODS TO STORE, TRANSPORT & PROCESS NUCLEAR WASTE
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $2,525.07
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: HEALTHCARE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL (ALSO ABBOTT LABORATORIES, BAXTER INTERNATIONAL, FIRST HEALTH GROUP & EVANSTON NORTHWESTERN HEALTHCARE)
Purpose: TO INVESTIGATE NEW TECHNOLOGIES IN THE U.S. HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
Date: May 24, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,351.55
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: TO STUDY NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND THE IMPACT OF FEDERAL LAW ON THEIR DEVELOPMENT
Date: Jun 27, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,172.82
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Amgen Inc
Purpose: TO STUDY THE IMPACT OF FEDERAL POLICIES ON THE BIOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY AND DIALYSIS TREATMENT CENTERS
Date: Aug 30, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,990.26
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Brian Nagle.


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