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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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    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

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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*

Bob Brooks


Total cost of 10 trips: $19,216.50


Trips traveled under the office of Jim Mccrery

Destination: BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA
Sponsor: LSU Foundation
Purpose: TO TOUR LSU RESEARCH FACILITIES AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR FEDERALLY-FUNDED PROJECTS
Date: Sep 6, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $719.30
source

Destination: WEST VIRGINIA, WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT (HOUSE/SENATE)
Date: Feb 19, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $624.00
source

Destination: NEWPORT, RI
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: FACT-FINDING/SEMINARS
Date: Jul 5, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,607.50
source

Destination: DCA/LGA/DCA
Sponsor: American Association of Advertising Agencies
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 2, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $681.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-LAS VEGAS, NV-RENO, NV-SHREVEPORT, LA
Sponsor: International Game Technology
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 29, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,374.00
source

Destination: SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY
Sponsor: National Thoroughbred Racing Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 6, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,727.96
source

Destination: DUNDEE SCOTLAND, PRESTWICK SCOTLAND
Sponsor: National Center for Public Policy & Research
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 9, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $5,633.00
source

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,042.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-PALM SPRINGS, CA-SHREVEPORT, LA
Sponsor: Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Dec 8, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,129.50
source

Destination: HYANNIS, MA
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: SEMINAR/SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 2, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,677.74
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Bob Brooks.


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