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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*

Tom Sell


Total cost of 11 trips: $7,152.78


Trips traveled under the office of Larry Combest

Destination: AMARILLO, TX
Sponsor: TEXAS CATTLEFEEDERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT CATTLE FEEDING INDUSTRY.
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $583.00
source

Destination: WYE WOODS CONFERENCE CENTER, QUEENSTOWN, MD
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE RETREAT
Date: Jan 25, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $285.00
source

Destination: NEMACOLIN RESORT, PA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE RETREAT/STAFF
Date: Feb 3, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $540.00
source

Destination: STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: TO ATTEND INTERNATIONAL SWEETENER SYMPOSIUM.
Date: Aug 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,396.45
source

Destination: DALLAS, TX
Sponsor: Food Marketing Institute
Purpose:
Date: Aug 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $673.78
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Florida Forum on Agriculture Resources and Management
Purpose: ATTEND 1-DAY FORUM ON ISSUES IMPORTANT TO FLORIDA AGRICULTURE.
Date: Nov 29, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $373.34
source

Destination: DEARBORN, MI
Sponsor: Council of State Governments
Purpose: SPEAK TO AG. POLICY TASK FORCE
Date: Dec 8, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $700.59
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: STAFF REPUBLICAN RETREAT
Date: Feb 1, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $628.00
source

Destination: ROCHESTER, NY
Sponsor: NATIONAL FARMERS UNION
Purpose: SPEAK AT NFU CONVENTION
Date: Mar 2, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $820.40
source

Destination: MARCO ISLAND, FLA
Sponsor: NATIONAL PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL
Purpose: SPEAK TO PORK ACTION GROUP.
Date: Dec 5, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $412.61
source


Trips traveled under the office of Bob Goodlatte

Destination: GALVESTON, TX
Sponsor: Groundwater Management Districts Association
Purpose: TO ATTEND MEETINGS AND ADDRESS THE GROUP ON RELEVANT ITEMS IN THE 2002 FORM BILL
Date: Jan 12, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $739.61
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Tom Sell.


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