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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.

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*

Michael Platt


Total cost of 7 trips: $8,997.82


Trips traveled under the office of Marsha Blackburn

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: TO ACQUAINT SENIOR CAPITOL HILL STAFF WITH THE MERCATUS INSTITUTE. EXAMINE MACRO AND MICRO ECONOMIC PRINCIPALS AND TAX POLICY AND THEORY
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $790.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation
Purpose: TO EXAMINE THE ECONOMICS OF TAXATION AND ANALYZE DIFFERENT METHODS AND PROPOSALS FOR TAX REFORM
Date: Apr 24, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,617.90
source

Destination: FARMINGTON, PA
Sponsor: Dutko Group Inc
Purpose: DISCUSS POLICY AND REGULATORY ISSUES AS THEY RELATE TO THE INTERNET AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGY
Date: Mar 5, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $880.78
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: DISCUSS POLICY AND REGULATORY ISSUES CONFRONTING THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,457.38
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: ATTEND THE ANNUAL WIRELESS SHOW FOR THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND COMPUTING INDUSTRIES
Date: Mar 12, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,366.40
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC-SAN FRANCISCO-BENTONVILLE AR
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE 2005 NATIONAL SHOW, NCTA'S 54TH ANNUAL CONVENTION AND INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,614.32
source

Destination: NASHVILLE
Sponsor: Echostar Corporation
Purpose: ATTEND ECHOSTAR'S CONVENTION AND LEARN ABOUT SATELLITE INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 29, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $271.04
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Michael Platt.


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