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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

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Dwayne Bolton


Total cost of 9 trips: $12,887.91


Trips traveled under the office of Michael Rogers

Destination: DAYTONA/ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: International Speedway Corporation
Purpose: TO LEARN THE IMPACT OF MOTOR SPORTS ON THE ECONOMY AND TAX AND ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS TO THE INDUSTRY
Date: Jul 4, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $877.40
source

Destination: WINNIPEG TO COLGORY
Sponsor: Government of Canada
Purpose: AGRICULTURAL & TRADE TOUR
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $1,912.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Jan 4, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $3,885.00
source

Destination: HUNTSVILLE, AL
Sponsor: Alabama Farmers Federation
Purpose: AGRICULTURE TOUR OF NORTH ALABAMA
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $859.32
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Enterprise Foundation
Purpose: TO VIEW HOUSING & COMMUNITIES DEVELOPMENT IN NEW YORK CITY IN CHINATOWN, BRONX & HARLEM
Date: Aug 3, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $582.00
source

Destination: MONTGOMERY, AL TO WETUMPHA, AL TO ALEXANDER CITY, AL - SAN PEDRO HONDURAS - BIRMINGHAM, AL
Sponsor: Russell Corporation
Purpose: TO VISIT RUSSELL CORPORATION'S TEXTILE OPERATIONS
Date: Mar 28, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,452.88
source

Destination: MONTGOMERY (AL), DOTHAN, COVINGTON CO., ANDALUSIA BALDWIN, ROBERTSDALE, GULF SHORES, MOBILE
Sponsor: Alabama Farmers Federation
Purpose: AGRICULTURAL FACT-FINDING TOUR IN ALABAMA
Date: Mar 31, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,042.80
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: TO VISIT AND LEARN ABOUT THE CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE & THE CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE
Date: Apr 11, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $783.33
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM
Sponsor: Healthsouth Corporation
Purpose: TO HELP STAFF TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPLICATIONS OF MEDICARE
Date: Aug 19, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $493.18
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Dwayne Bolton.


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