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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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    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

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    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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    "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*

Jason Van Pelt


Total cost of 12 trips: $19,206.98


Trips traveled under the office of Edward Whitfield

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: American Academy of Audiology
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON MEMBER LEGISLATION
Date: Mar 16, 2000
Expense: $1,196.00
source

Destination: LOUISVILLE-LEXINGTON, KY
Sponsor: Council for Burley Tobacco and affiliates
Purpose: INFORMATIONAL AGRICULTURE TOUR
Date: Aug 7, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $552.72
source

Destination: TAMPA, FL
Sponsor: Merck & Co
Purpose: TOUR MERCK MEDCO FACILITIES
Date: Nov 29, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,708.29
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, LA
Sponsor: California Healthcare Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 20, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,295.00
source

Destination: NASHVILLE
Sponsor: Vanderbilt University
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 9, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $795.00
source

Destination: ISTANBUL, TURKEY & NORTHN CYPRUS
Sponsor: Turkish Cypriot History Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 4, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $1,965.00
source

Destination: COLORADO
Sponsor: National Health Policy Forum
Purpose: FACT-FINDING RE: URBAN & RURAL HEALTH SAFETY NET
Date: Aug 20, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,306.17
source

Destination: PHOENIX, AZ; ELKO, NW; LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: National Mining Association
Purpose: MINING TOUR - COAL & HARD ROCK MINING
Date: Feb 19, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,422.12
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: California Healthcare Institute
Purpose: MEDICAL DEVICE/BIOTECH PRODUCTION FACILITY TOUR
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,451.50
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PHRMA)
Purpose: TOUR PHARMACEUTICAL & BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH FACILITIES
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,959.39
source

Destination: UTAH
Sponsor: Boston Scientific Corporation
Purpose: VISIT NEWO/CARDIOVASCULAR DEVICE MANUFACTURERS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT INTERNALLY MEASURE PROCEDURES
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,245.13
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
Purpose: DISCUSS LEGISLATION at CONVENTIO
Date: Mar 20, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,310.66
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Jason Van Pelt.


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