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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.
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    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*

Amy Steinmann


Total cost of 10 trips: $26,667.99


Trips traveled under the office of Roy Blunt

Destination: ST. MICHAEL'S, MD
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $900.69
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: PLANNING RETREAT FOR THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $784.00
source

Destination: DC TO BEIJING
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN INTERNATIONAL AVIATION CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 3, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $2,830.00
source

Destination: IRVINGTON, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE PLANNING RETREAT FOR HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $728.00
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER, WV
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE RETREAT
Date: Jan 27, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $820.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Tom Delay

Destination: SWEDEN
Sponsor: Saab AB
Purpose: RECEIVE BRIEFINGS ON SAAB CONTRACTS / SEE FACILITIES
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $7,000.00
source

Destination: ATTENDED AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF AIRPORT EXECUTIVES CONFERENCE
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE/PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSION
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $6,379.52
source

Destination: HOUSE/SENATE REPUBLICAN PLANNING CONFERENCE
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR THE UPCOMING YEAR
Date: Jan 30, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $785.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Dan Miller

Destination: KOUROU, FRENCH GUIANA
Sponsor: Arianespace
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP RELATED TO ARIANESPACE'S COMMERCIAL SATELLITE LAUNCH ON 4/18/00
Date: Apr 16, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,148.78
source

Destination: VISIT CONSULATE IN JERUSALEM, GOLAN HEIGHTS, TEL AVIV
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Nov 26, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $3,292.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Amy Steinmann.


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