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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.

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*

Jennifer Thompson


Total cost of 7 trips: $34,223.54


Trips traveled under the office of Robin Hayes

Destination:
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Jan 2, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $2,171.56
source

Destination: SINGAPORE
Sponsor: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Purpose: TO DISCUSS TRADE AND DEFENSE ISSUES BETWEEN SINGAPORE AND THE U.S.
Date: Feb 15, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $6,953.89
source

Destination: STOCKHOLM SWEDEN
Sponsor: Saab AB
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT SAAB'S DEFENSE SYSTEMS AND WAYS TO FURTHER INCREASE US-SWEDISH COOPERATION IN NATIONAL SECURITY MATTERS, INCLUDING STRENGTHENING FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN THE US
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $6,583.09
source

Destination: BERLIN, GERMANY
Sponsor: Hanseatic Institute Inc
Purpose: TO LOOK AT THE US MILITARY PRESENCE IN GERMANY, VISIT WOUNDED SOLDIERS AT LANDSTUHL, LOOK AT EXPANSION OF RAMSTEIN AIR FORCE BASE AND DISCUSS DOD PLANS TO REALIGN US MILITARY PRESENCE IN GERMANY
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $1,930.00
source

Destination: MOROCCO
Sponsor: Ribat Al Fath Association for Sustainable Development
Purpose: EXPLORE AND LEARN ABOUT THE US-MOROCCO RELATIONSHIP THE PROCESS OF POLITICAL AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC REFORM IN MOROCCO AND THE DISPUTE OVER WESTERN SAHARA
Date: Jul 2, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,645.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of John Thune

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Aug 18, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $3,900.00
source

Destination: JAPAN
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (9 days)
Expense: $8,040.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Jennifer Thompson.


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