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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

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Thomas Brierton


Total cost of 7 trips: $8,581.53


Trips traveled under the office of Richard Pombo

Destination: WASHINGTON DC, SAN FRANCISCO, SACRAMENTO, MOORETOUN RANCHERIA, RODDING RANCHERIA, HOOPA VALLEY RESERVATION, SACRAMENTO (TRIP ENDED)
Sponsor: California Nations Indian Gaming Association
Purpose: GOT BRIEFING ON CALIFORNIA TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS ISSUES ARE WITH GAMING PARTICIPATE IN LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FORUM, VISIT INDIAN TRIBES & FACILITIES AND MEET WITH TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS
Date: Aug 11, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,198.37
source

Destination: RENO NEVADA
Sponsor: Sodak Gaming
Purpose: VISIT SODAK/IET MANUFACTURING FACILITY, MEET WITH COMPANY PERSONEL DISCUSS ISSUES FACING GAMING INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 15, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $132.16
source

Destination: RENO NV-MINNEAPOLIS MN, PROVIDENCE RI
Sponsor: National Indian Gaming Association
Purpose: ATTEND & PARTICIPATE IN NIGA MID YEAR MEETING & EXPO, VISIT PRAIRIE ISLAND SIOUX RESERVATION
Date: Aug 16, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,543.30
source

Destination: LEDYARD CT-WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: Mashantucket Pequot Tribe
Purpose: ATTEND SCHMETIZUM FESTIVAL, MEET W/TRIBAL LEADERS IN CT, RT, AND MASS
Date: Aug 20, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $855.00
source

Destination: COLUSA JACKSON
Sponsor: California Nations Indian Gaming Association
Purpose: VISIT CALIFORNIA INDIAN RESERVATIONS, GAMING FACILITIES, MEET WITH CMCA BOARD & OFFICIALS
Date: Feb 26, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $858.80
source

Destination: ALBUQUERQUE NM SANTA FE NEW MEXICO
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: ATTEND MGA SPRING MEETING AND TRADE SHOW
Date: Apr 4, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $2,206.90
source

Destination: PROVIDENCE RI-MASHPEE MASS
Sponsor: MASHPEE WAMPANOAG TRIBAL GOVERNMENT
Purpose: VISIT MASHPEE TRIBAL LANDS, MEET W/ TRIBAL COUNCIL, TOUR TRIBAL FACILITIES
Date: Feb 2, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $787.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Thomas Brierton.


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