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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

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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

    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*

Valerie West


Total cost of 9 trips: $12,694.38


Trips traveled under the office of Gordon Smith

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: TO ATTEND COLORADO RIVER WATER USERS, WHERE SENATOR SMITH WILL BE SPEAKING WATER DISTRICT AND A TAX OFFICIALS FROM 7 COLORADO BASIN STATES
Date: Dec 15, 1999 (2 days)
Expense: $592.25
source

Destination: PORTLAND, OR - BURNS, OR
Sponsor: ROARING SPRINGS RANCH
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL FLIGHT OVER STEENS MOUNTAIN, OR
Date: Jan 21, 2000
Expense: $307.00
source

Destination: ROSEBURG, OREGON
Sponsor: Association of O&C Counties
Purpose: TO MEET WITH OFFICIALS AND TOUR VARIOUS FACILITIES
Date: Feb 16, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,055.00
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Destination: PORTLAND, OR TO LEWISTON, ID TO WINTHROP, WA TO EUGENE, OR TO PORTLAND, OR TO WASHINGTON, DC AREA
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Generating Cooperatives
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ELECTRIC UTILITY INDUSTRY AND TO TOUR CERTAIN FACILITIES
Date: Aug 16, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,340.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: New York Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: SEMINARS/TOUR EXCHANGE
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $110.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Large Public Power Council
Purpose: TO TALK TO CEOS AND KEY STAFF OF MEMBE SYSTEMS ABOUT PENDING ENERGY LEGISLATION
Date: Jan 12, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $750.58
source

Destination: BOISE, IDAHO AND HELLS CANYON
Sponsor: Idacorp Inc
Purpose: TO TOUR THE HELLS CANYON HYDROELECTRIC FACILITIES AND ADJACENT LANDS
Date: Aug 6, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $836.50
source

Destination: SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
Sponsor: West Associates
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE AND SPEAK AT AN ENERGY CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $941.90
source

Destination: FRANCE
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TO TOUR FRENCH NUCLEAR POWER FACILITIES AND TO MEET WITH FRENCH GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY OFFICIALS
Date: Mar 28, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $5,761.15
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Valerie West.


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