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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*

Michael Thompson


Total cost of 9 trips: $13,277.58


Trips traveled under the office of Michael Enzi

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: America's Community Bankers
Purpose: SPEAK ON THE LEGISLATIVE PANEL FOR THE AMERICA'S COMMUNITY BANKERS ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Nov 2, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,620.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: UBS AG Inc
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 20, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $797.85
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: SPEAK ON A PANEL FOR A LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 18, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,206.28
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: National Association of Securities Dealers
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Oct 21, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,181.72
source

Destination: SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH/PARK CITY, UTAH
Sponsor: Fannie Mae
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 20, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,711.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Vito Fossella

Destination:
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,119.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: SECURITIES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION, NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE, MERRILL LYNCH
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: May 30, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,503.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Investment Company Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jul 29, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $370.25
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Aug 21, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,768.48
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Michael 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