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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

    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

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Trips by*

Lorianne Woodrow


Total cost of 7 trips: $18,801.45


Trips traveled under the office of Norm Coleman

Destination: TAIWAN, ROC
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING, FOREIGN POLICY STUDY
Date: Dec 3, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $4,150.00
source

Destination: EGYPT
Sponsor: American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRAVEL TO FOCUS ON THE US-EGYPT RELATIONSHIP, THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS & DEMOCRACY IN THE REGION
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $5,391.30
source

Destination: JORDAN
Sponsor: Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Purpose: FACT-FINDING, FOREIGN POLICY STUDY
Date: Jan 11, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $2,400.00
source

Destination: EL SALVADOR
Sponsor: International Republican Institute
Purpose: INTERNATIONAL ELECTION OBSERVATION
Date: Mar 18, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,188.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING VISIT TO THE UNITED NATIONS TO DISCUSS MANAGEMENT REFORM FACILITIES UPGRADE AND CURRENT MISSIONS
Date: Jul 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $543.50
source

Destination: GUATEMALA
Sponsor: Commission for Agriculture Commerce Industry and Finance
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO DISCERN MAJOR ISSUES INVOLVED IN THE PROPOSED U.S.-CENTRAL AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT (CAFTA), AS WELL AS OTHER ISSUES IN THE U.S.-GUATEMALA BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP
Date: Oct 17, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,400.00
source

Destination: EGYPT
Sponsor: American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRAVEL TO FOCUS ON THE US-EGYPT RELATIONSHIP, THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS & DEMOCRACY IN THE REGION
Date: Jan 8, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $2,728.15
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Lorianne Woodrow.


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