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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.

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  • 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

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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

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Trips by*

Richard Boykin


Total cost of 13 trips: $41,866.25


Trips traveled under the office of Danny Davis

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE, STOCK EXCHANGE, CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE & UNITED AIRLINES
Purpose: FACT FINDING-STUDY THE FINANCIAL MARKETS
Date: Jul 30, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,696.24
source

Destination: BANGKOK, THAILAND, MALAYSIA, SINGAPORE
Sponsor: Cardinal Health Inc
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TOUR OF RUBBER INDUSTRY; IN PARTICULAR, LATEX SLOVES
Date: Aug 18, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $10,500.00
source

Destination: GERMANY & BELGIUM (BRUSSELS)
Sponsor: Bundesverband Deutscher Postdienstleister eV
Purpose: OVERVIEW OF GERMAN POSTAL SERVICE ARE MEETINGS WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Date: Nov 11, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $6,640.00
source

Destination: TEL AVIV, JERUSALEM-ISRAEL
Sponsor: Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Purpose: FACT FINDING RE: ISSUES OF PEACE BETWEEN ISRAEL AND PALESTINIANS
Date: Jul 1, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $3,130.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: UNDERSTANDING OF ECONOMIC PROCESS & MARKETS
Date: Jan 24, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $365.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Grocery Manufacturers of America
Purpose: GMA & FMI EDUCATIONAL FIELD STUDY-AGRICULTURE-NUTRITION
Date: May 4, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $973.80
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: Grocery Manufacturers of America
Purpose: GMA CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 17, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $815.20
source

Destination: RIO DE JANIERO, BRASILLA, SAN PAULO, SALVADOR-BRAZIL
Sponsor: Brazil-US Business Council
Purpose: (TRADE), EDUCATIONAL AWARENESS RE: STEEL, & FARMING INDUS
Date: May 24, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $5,140.50
source

Destination: NETHERLANDS/(AMSTERDAM)
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR OF NUCLEAR FACILITIES
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $3,505.57
source

Destination: ST. THOMAS AND ST. CROIX, VIRGIN ISLANDS
Sponsor: Eli Lilly and Co
Purpose: MENTAL HEALTH ROUNDTABLE
Date: Apr 4, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $983.94
source

Destination: TIRANA, ALBANIA
Sponsor: Adonai International Ministries
Purpose: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & HUMANITATION
Date: May 22, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $5,330.00
source

Destination: HONOLULU, HI
Sponsor: National Association of Letter Carriers
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jul 18, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,450.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: ABBOTT LABS, AMSTEAL INDUSTRIES, RR DONNELLEY, PEPSI, IL TOOL WORKS, MEAD WESTVACO
Purpose: TO SEE FIRST-HAND THE INNER WORKINGS OF THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR
Date: Aug 4, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,336.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Richard Boykin.


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