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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*

Gregg Sheiowitz


Total cost of 8 trips: $17,256.35


Trips traveled under the office of Joseph Crowley

Destination: NY - LONDON - DELHI - AGRA - CHENNAI - DELHI - MUMBAI - PARIS - NY
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION
Date: Apr 11, 2003 (9 days)
Expense: $3,787.00
source

Destination: DHAKA, BANGLADESH
Sponsor: FEDERATION OF BANGLADESH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
Purpose: MEETING WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, GROUND BREAKING FOR THE ASIAN UNIVERSITY FOR WOMEN
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $3,348.59
source

Destination: ROYAL KINGDOM OF THAILAND (BANGKOK AND MAE SOT)
Sponsor: US CAMPAIGN FOR BURMA/HUMAN RIGHTS ACTION CENTER, AND CHRISTIAN FREEDOM INT
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BURMA, REFUGEES FROM BURMA, AND US PROGRAMS TO SUPPORT BURMA
Date: Feb 13, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $1,512.00
source

Destination: GUATEMALA
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Oct 17, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $890.00
source

Destination: SINGAPORE
Sponsor: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $5,318.40
source

Destination: SRI LANKA
Sponsor: Communications Consortium Media Center
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 15, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $1,083.93
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Electronic Industries Alliance
Purpose: MEMBER OF A ROUNDTABLE ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE POLICY
Date: Aug 8, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $400.20
source

Destination: SEATTLE
Sponsor: PORT OF SEATTLE, COSPONSORS: ALASKA AIRLINES AND THE BOEING COMPANY
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO SEE THE FACILITIES AT SEATAC, ALASKA AIRLINES AND THE BOEING FACTORY
Date: Aug 17, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $916.23
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Gregg Sheiowitz.


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