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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

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    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*

Damon Nelson


Total cost of 7 trips: $11,745.29


Trips traveled under the office of Devin Nunes

Destination: BIG CREEK, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Southern California Edison
Purpose: HIGH SIERRA WORKSHOP AND TOUR THE BIG CREEK HYDROELECTRIC FACILITIES. TO OBTAIN INSIGHTS AND PERSPECTIVES ON ISSUES PERTAINING TO THE RELICENSING OF OUR NATION'S HYDROELECTRIC RESOURCES; TO ENHANCE KNOWLEDGE OF THE ISSUES AND BENEFITS THAT ARE ASSOCIATED
Date: Aug 13, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,400.87
source

Destination: FRESNO, CALIFORNIA-LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: California Agricultural Leadership Alumni Association
Purpose: THE 2003 ALA WASHINGTON, D.C. EDUCATIONAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
Date: Aug 16, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $955.60
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: PERFECTWAVE TECHNOLOGIES LLC
Purpose: DEFENSE TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP AND TOUR OF ADCS, INC. FACILITIES IN POWAY, CALIFORNIA. TO OBTAIN INSIGHTS AND PERSPECTIVES ON ISSUES PERTAINING TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF DEFENSE TECHNOLOGIES BY PERFECTWAVE TECHNOLOGIES, HST, GLOBAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS, PURE-O
Date: Jun 28, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,784.40
source

Destination:
Sponsor: National Council of Farmer Co-ops
Purpose: TO GET A FIRST-HAND PERSPECTIVE OF THE WIDE-VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES THAT FARMER-OWNED COOPERATIVES PERFORM
Date: Aug 9, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $3,290.57
source


Trips traveled under the office of George Radanovich

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Purpose: PROJECT MEDICAL EDUCATION
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,075.99
source

Destination: GROTON, CT - NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PHRMA)
Purpose: TOUR OF PHARMACEUTICAL FACILITIES
Date: Jan 16, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,151.86
source

Destination: TINDOUF, ALGERIA
Sponsor: Defense Forum Foundation
Purpose: VISIT SAHARAWI REFUGEE CAMPS
Date: Mar 28, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,086.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Damon Nelson.


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