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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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    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.
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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.
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    "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

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

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Kimberly Parker


Total cost of 8 trips: $17,069.90


Trips traveled under the office of Bobby Rush

Destination: SEA-TAC
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: TO TOUR MICROSOFT CAMPUS FACILITY
Date: Aug 14, 1999 (3 days)
Expense: $1,723.56
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT-PALO ALTO-SO. SAN FRANCISCO-SANTA ROSA
Sponsor: California Healthcare Institute
Purpose: TOUR BIOTECHNICAL, PHARMACEUTICAL, MEDICAL DEVICE FIRMS AND ACADEMIC RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $2,829.00
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE-AVIGNON, FRANCE
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TO TOUR FRENCH NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES
Date: Dec 9, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $4,922.90
source

Destination: WASHINGTON NATIONAL TO WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Florida Sugar Cane League
Purpose: INSPECT SUGARCANE HARVESTING, REFINING, PACKAGING AND SHIPPING
Date: Feb 20, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $845.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS TO SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA TO WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR AND TOUR OF SBC FACILITIES
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,178.45
source

Destination: BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL TO SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: Biotechnology Industry Organization
Purpose: TO TOUR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE BIOTECHNOLOGY COMPANIES IN THE SAN FRANCISCO AREA
Date: Nov 9, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,763.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL TO SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Biotechnology Industry Organization
Purpose: TO INSPECT PHARMACEUTICAL PROCESSING PLANTS
Date: Nov 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,373.75
source

Destination: SEATTLE-TACOMA
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: TO TOUR MICROSOFT FACILITIES AND TECH FEST
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,434.24
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Kimberly Parker.


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