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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.

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  • 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*

David Best


Total cost of 8 trips: $7,370.08


Trips traveled under the office of Orrin Hatch

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: Emi Music
Purpose: MEETINGS AND FACT-FINDING TRIP REGARDING COPYRIGHT ISSUES AND PROTECTION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Date: Jun 28, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,569.80
source


Trips traveled under the office of Strom Thurmond

Destination: THE BOARS HEAD INN, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: THE 2000 CHIEF OF STAFF LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 20, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $578.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA AND SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: FACT FINDING AND MEETINGS REGARDING TECHNOLOGY ISSUES
Date: Feb 16, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,301.48
source

Destination: THE BOARS KEAD INN, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: THE 2001 CHIEF OF STAFF LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $622.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (YUCCA MOUNTAIN NEVADA TEST SITE)
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: INFORMATIONAL BRIEFING AND TOUR OF NUCLEAR WASTE STORAGE
Date: Apr 16, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $944.50
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: Comptel/ASCENT
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS ISSUES
Date: Apr 19, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $582.30
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG LODGE, WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 24, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $564.00
source

Destination: SAVANNAH RIVER SITE (SRS), AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: WESTINGHOUSE SAVANNAH RIVER COMPANY
Purpose: SRS SITE VISIT AND INFORMATIONAL BRIEFINGS
Date: Aug 8, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $208.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named David Best.


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