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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 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.
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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.
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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*

Barry Brown


Total cost of 7 trips: $7,385.66


Trips traveled under the office of Kevin Brady

Destination: DALLAS, TEXAS; FAIRFIELD, TEXAS; GLEN ROSE, TEXAS
Sponsor: TXU Corporation
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT COAL RECLAMATION AND UTILITY ISSUES
Date: Jan 11, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,588.12
source

Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 20, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $392.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Michael Burgess

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: American College of Surgeons
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT HEALTH POLICY DOCUMENTS
Date: Oct 19, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $806.40
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: Xelon
Purpose: BURGESS SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT XELON CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,004.42
source

Destination: NEMACOLIN IN PA
Sponsor: ALCATEL, AMAZON.COM, ASSN FOR COMPETITIVE TECHNOLOGY, AT&T, ELECTRONIC INDUSTRIES AGENCY, INFINESED, LEVEL 3, MICROSOFT NCTA, SATELLITE BROADCASTING & COMMUNICATIONS ASSN SPRINT, VONTU AND YAHOO
Purpose: TECH POLICY 2004 - LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS TELECOM ISSUES FOR 108TH CONGRESS
Date: Mar 5, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,584.30
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: Xelon
Purpose: STAFFING OF BURGEES SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT XELON CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,004.42
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER, WV
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICCAMERAL CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT TO DISCUSS ISSUES FOR THE 109TH CONGRESS
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,006.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Barry Brown.


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