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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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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

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Trips by*

Sarah Birch


Total cost of 9 trips: $22,079.64


Trips traveled under the office of James Clyburn

Destination: YUCCA MOUNTAIN, NEVADA
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: VISIT & STUDY PROPOSED STORAGE SITE FOR NUCLEAR WASTE
Date: Feb 23, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,235.83
source

Destination: RALEIGH, NC, MEMPHIS, TN, ST. LOIS, MO
Sponsor: National Cotton Council
Purpose: VISIT SITES RELATED TO COTTON INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,068.00
source

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE
Date: Aug 20, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $3,900.00
source

Destination: AIRLIE CENTER, WARRENTON VA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: CLASSROOM LECTURES FROM HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOLS CENTER FOR HEALTH AND THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Mar 25, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $459.80
source

Destination: COLUMBIA, S.C. & SORROUNDING AREAS
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: FARM TOUR IN S.C. W/ DELEGATION STAFF
Date: Apr 1, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $697.00
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL - JOINT LISTENING SESSION OF CBC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE BRAINTRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,066.00
source

Destination: PARIS
Sponsor: European Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP FOCUSED ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE, SECURITY, COMMERCIAL AVIATION AND RELATED ISSUES.
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $11,513.36
source

Destination: NY, NY
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: VISIT/OVERVIEW OF UNITED NATIONS, & MEET WITH COMMUNICATIONS STAFF OF U.S. MISSION TO THE U.N
Date: Jun 16, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $561.25
source


Trips traveled under the office of Howard Coble

Destination: COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY - NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Columbia University
Purpose: VISIT & STUDY TEENSCREEN PROGRAM & NEW YORK STATE PSYCHIATRIC INSTITUTE
Date: Feb 19, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $578.40
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Sarah Birch.


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