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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

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Christopher Ogilvie


Total cost of 6 trips: $11,018.85


Trips traveled under the office of Bob Etheridge

Destination:
Sponsor: Progress Energy
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: May 30, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $436.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE & CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Purpose: TO TOUR THE OPERATIONS AT THE CBOT & CME AND LEARN ABOUT COMMODITY ANDFUTURES TRADING ON THOSE EXCHANGES
Date: Jul 31, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $939.65
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.; CARY, NC; MEMPHIS, TN; GREENVILLE, MS; NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: NATIONAL COTTON COUNCIL; MONSANTO
Purpose: TO GAIN BETTER INSIGHT AND INFORMATION REGARDING THE COTTON INDUSTRY IN THE UNITED STATES
Date: Aug 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,752.13
source

Destination: CARY, NC-MEMPHIS, TN-GREENVILLE, MS-NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: NATIONAL COTTON COUNCIL, MONSANTO
Purpose: TO GAIN BETTER INSIGHT REGARDING NEW CHALLENGES FACING COTTON INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,594.60
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Futures Industry Association
Purpose: ATTEND FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT INDUSTRY AND THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS WITH FUTURES. ASSIST MEMBER OF CONGRESS WITH PANEL DISCUSSION ON FUTURES AND CONGRESSIONAL UPDATE
Date: Mar 18, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,326.51
source


Trips traveled under the office of Collin Peterson

Destination: LUBBOCK, TX: PHOENIX, AZ, LAS VEGAS, NV: HOUSTON, TX
Sponsor: National Cotton Council
Purpose: TO GAIN AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE COTTON INDUSTRY IN THE WESTERN HALF OF THE UNITED STATES
Date: Aug 22, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,969.96
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Christopher Ogilvie.


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