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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

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    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*

Joyce Postell


Total cost of 8 trips: $6,205.50


Trips traveled under the office of Kendrick Meek

Destination: REGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT TO WEST PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RETURNED TO WASHINGTON NATIONAL AIRPORT
Sponsor: FLORIDA SUGAR CANE LEAGUE (8090) AND SUGAR CANE GROWERS COOPERATIVE OF FLORIDA (20
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP VISITING SUGARCANE FARMS AND FACILITIES
Date: Feb 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $884.60
source

Destination: LEESBURG, VA
Sponsor: National Urban League
Purpose: TO DISCUSS ISSUES IMPACTING THE COMMUNITY
Date: Mar 5, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $449.00
source

Destination: ST. THOMAS AIRPORT
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: ATTENDED A MENTAL HEALTH ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION IN ST. THOMAS. PARTICIPATED IN TOWN HALL MEETING ON MENTAL HEALTH
Date: Apr 5, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,040.42
source

Destination: WARRENTON, VA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: TO DISCUSS ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE IT'S IMPACT ON HUMANS AND HEALTH
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $460.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO AIRPORT
Sponsor: FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CITRUS; FLORIDA CITRUS MUTUAL
Purpose: THIS WAS AN EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO DISCUSS ISSUES FACING THE CITRUS DEPARTMENT
Date: Jun 29, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $456.15
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: American Legacy Foundation
Purpose: ATTENDED THE TRI-CAUCUS HEALTH SUMMIT ON RACIAL AND ETHNIC HEALTH DISPARITIES
Date: Jul 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $938.26
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS AIRPORT
Sponsor: American Sugar Cane League
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO LEARN ABOUT THE LOUISIANA SUGAR INDUSTRY
Date: Nov 12, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,238.59
source

Destination: CHICAGO O'HARE AIRPORT
Sponsor: National Marrow Donor Program
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL BRIEFING AT THE CORD BLOOD BANK AND TRANSPLANT CENTER SITE IN CHICAGO, IL
Date: Jul 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $738.48
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Joyce Postell.


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