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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*

Sue Sheridan


Total cost of 11 trips: $13,291.65


Trips traveled under the office of Joe Barton

Destination:
Sponsor: Keystone Center
Purpose: ATTEND THE KEYSTONE ENERGY BOARD, WINTER 2004
Date: Feb 19, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,133.40
source

Destination: UNITED KINGDOM
Sponsor: National Grid USA
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION TO LEARN ABOUT THE UK'S ENERGY, TRANSMISSION AND REGULATORY POLICIES
Date: Nov 7, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $3,537.41
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TX
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: PANELIST AT GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 25, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,023.70
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE, HARVARD ELECTRICITY POLICY GROUP PLENARY
Date: May 18, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $353.60
source


Trips traveled under the office of Thomas Bliley

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN 21ST PLENARY SESSION
Date: Jan 19, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,900.46
source

Destination: KEYSTONE, CO
Sponsor: Keystone Center
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN WINTER 2000 ENERGY BOARD MEETING
Date: Feb 10, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $939.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of W.J. Tauzin

Destination: KEYSTONE, CO
Sponsor: Keystone Center
Purpose: ATTEND THE 2001 KEYSTONE ENERGY BOARD MEETING
Date: Feb 1, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,169.06
source

Destination: KEYSTONE, CO.
Sponsor: Keystone Center
Purpose: ATTEND WINTER ENERGY BOARD MEETING
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $340.86
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Sponsor: American Public Power Association
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TOUR OF PUBLIC POWER SYSTEMS IN THE CHARLESTON AREA
Date: May 29, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,116.06
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA.
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: ATTEND PLENARY SESSION
Date: Jan 29, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,062.10
source

Destination: KEYSTONE, CO.
Sponsor: Keystone Center
Purpose: ATTEND THE WINTER 2003 BOARD MEETING
Date: Feb 20, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $716.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Sue Sheridan.


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