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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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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*

Thomas Vinson


Total cost of 7 trips: $5,621.55


Trips traveled under the office of Peter Defazio

Destination: MEXICO CITY; CHIAPOS, MEXICO
Sponsor: Mexico Solidarity Network
Purpose: HUMAN RIGHTS OBSERVATION
Date: Jan 7, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $1,104.00
source

Destination: PORTLAND, ORE.
Sponsor: RTO West
Purpose: BRIEFINGS BY NW TRANSMISSION OWNERS, UTILITIES, TRIBES AND OTHER STOCKHOLDERS ON DEVELOPING ON RTO IN RESPONSE TO FORC ORDER 2000
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $589.76
source

Destination: VISITED PORTLAND, OREGON AND VANCOUVER, WA FOR ENERGY CONFERENCE
Sponsor: THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST'S INVESTOR AIMED UTILITIES
Purpose: LISTEN & PARTICIPATE IN PANELS DISCUSSING ENERGY ISSUES OF CONCERN TO NW INVESTOR UTILITIES
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $724.88
source

Destination: VISITED A NUCLEAR POWER PLANT, STAR STATION AND WIND FARM
Sponsor: Energy Northwest
Purpose: TO SEE VARIOUS ENERGY GENERATION PROJECTS
Date: May 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,159.11
source

Destination: VISIT NYMEX HEADQUARTERS IN NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: New York Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT HOW ENERGY COMMODITIES ARE TRADED IN THE NYMEX
Date: Jun 14, 2002
Expense: $408.00
source

Destination: VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Sponsor: NORTHWEST PUBLIC POWER ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SERVED ON A PANEL AT A CONFERENCE. PANEL DISCUSSED ENERGY DEVELOPMENTS IN CONGRESS
Date: May 19, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,011.43
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA-NWPPA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Sponsor: NORTHWEST PUBLIC POWER ASSOCIATION
Purpose: TO SERVE AS A PANEL AT ON NWPPA CONVENTION TO DISCUSS VARIOUS ENERGY ISSUES IN CONGRESS
Date: May 20, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $624.37
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Thomas Vinson.


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