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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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    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

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*

Dan Skopec


Total cost of 9 trips: $7,399.08


Trips traveled under the office of Dan Burton

Destination: TOUR OF HOOVER DAM, LADWP CONTROL WATER, POWER PLANT TOUR
Sponsor: Southern California Public Power Authority
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: May 31, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,656.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: New York Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $415.00
source

Destination: GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO
Sponsor: Colorado River Energy Distributors Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Aug 12, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,436.00
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 24, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $382.00
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MASS
Sponsor: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL SEMINAR ON ENERGY POLICY
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $918.76
source


Trips traveled under the office of Thomas Davis

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $320.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: National Association of Convenience Stores
Purpose: TOUR OF OIL REFINER
Date: Apr 14, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,186.32
source


Trips traveled under the office of Doug Ose

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: CHASE - GOLDMAN SACKS - AMERICAN BANKING ASSOC.
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT COMMODITIES EXCHANGE ACT & DERIVATIVES
Date: Feb 7, 2000
Expense: $260.00
source

Destination: CALAVARES COUNTY & MURPHY, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Northern California Power Agency
Purpose: VIEW A FOREST SERVICE SLIDE THAT THREATENS ON NCPA DAM & POWER FACILITY
Date: Feb 1, 2002
Expense: $825.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Dan Skopec.


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