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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

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Ramsen Betfarhad


Total cost of 9 trips: $8,831.17


Trips traveled under the office of Thomas Bliley

Destination: VERMONT
Sponsor: Northeast Public Power Association
Purpose: VISIT PUBLIC POWER FACILITIES & NEW ENGLAND ISO
Date: Aug 29, 1999 (2 days)
Expense: $587.00
source

Destination: SANTA FE, NM
Sponsor: West Associates
Purpose: PARTICIPATE AT ELECTRICITY DEREG CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 20, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,080.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of W.J. Tauzin

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: PARTICPATION PANEL DISCUSSION & CONVENTION
Date: Mar 17, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,596.00
source

Destination: SAN JOSE/SANTA CLARA
Sponsor: Silicon Valley Public Affairs Group
Purpose: VISIT PRODUCTION FACILITIES & DISCUSS HIGH TECH PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES
Date: May 29, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $1,151.57
source

Destination: ASPEN, CO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON INTERNET GOVERNANCE
Date: Jul 21, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,319.55
source

Destination: LANSDOWNE, VA
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: ATTEND PRIVACY CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 12, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $185.00
source

Destination: DC-OMAHA-NEBRASKA
Sponsor: First Data Corporation
Purpose: VISIT FIRST DATA FACILITIES IN OMAHA
Date: Mar 24, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $811.88
source

Destination: D.C. TO YORKTOWN HEIGHTS N.Y. AND HAWTHORNE, N.Y.
Sponsor: IBM Corporation
Purpose: VISIT IBM RESEARCH FACILITIES YORKTOWN HEIGHTS AND HAWTHORNE, N.Y.
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $807.96
source

Destination: DC TO NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: CTIA'S WINTER SHOW/CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 15, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,292.21
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* - Trips by all travelers named Ramsen Betfarhad.


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