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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.
  • 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

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*

Julie Busbee


Total cost of 9 trips: $13,310.32


Trips traveled under the office of Spencer Bachus

Destination: HUNTSVILLE, AL - MOBILE, AL
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: AGRICULTURE TOUR
Date: Aug 26, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,250.00
source

Destination: MOBILE, AL
Sponsor: Alabama Association of Elementary School Administrators
Purpose: ACCEPT AWARD FOR REP BACHUS
Date: Nov 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $110.00
source

Destination: MOBILE - HUNTSVILLE, AL
Sponsor: Alabama Farmers Federation
Purpose: AG TOUR THRU NORTHERN AL
Date: Apr 10, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $859.32
source

Destination: DULLES
Sponsor: National Cotton Council
Purpose: COTTON/AG TOUR
Date: Aug 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,534.60
source

Destination: DULLES-LAX-TAIPEI
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Aug 16, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $4,345.00
source

Destination: PBI
Sponsor: FL SUGAR CANE LEAGUE (80%) & SUGAR CANE COOPERATIVE OF FL (20%)
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $996.00
source

Destination: D.C. - ORLANDO - DOTHAN
Sponsor: Railway Supply Institute
Purpose: RSI CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 28, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,510.60
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL-DOTHAN, AL; RETURN: MOBILE, AL TO DCA
Sponsor: Alabama Farmers Federation
Purpose: FACT FINDING-AG TOUR (AGRICULTURE TOUR)
Date: Mar 31, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $1,042.80
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS (GREENBRIER)
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: CONFERENCE-SERVED ON INFRASTRUCTURE PANEL
Date: Jun 6, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $662.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Julie Busbee.


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