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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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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

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BURTON, DANNY L, Republican Party
Indiana

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $30,551.50

Average cost per trip - $4,364.50
Total number of days spent traveling - 36 days
Rank of representative - 218 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Medical Interventions for Autism
Dates - April 9, 2000 - April 9, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - guest speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $337.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $337.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons
Dates - January 27, 2000 - January 28, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Keynote speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,305.00
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $5.00
Total Cost - $1,510.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Diversified Collection Services Inc.
Dates - March 17, 2000 - March 20, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Fact-finding and tour facility
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,332.00
Lodging Cost - $633.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,165.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Cancer Treatment Centers
Dates - October 9, 2003 - October 10, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Keynote speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,460.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,460.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Nutritional Food Association
Dates - June 27, 2003 - June 30, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Keynote address to convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,479.50
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,079.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Dates - December 6, 2003 - December 18, 2003 (13 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - official visit with Pres./Am. Institute/and government and business leaders.
Notes - other-none disclosed - trip dates say 12/6-12 and 12/17-18

Travel Cost - $5,500.00
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost - $250.00
Total Cost - $7,250.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese Int'l Economic Cooperation Assn (CIECA)
Dates - October 19, 2004 - October 28, 2004 (10 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Notes - Washington, DC - Taipei, Taiwan - Washington, DC. Trip dates listed as "October 19-23, 27-28, 2004" Dates of Travel: October 19-23, 27-28, 2004

Travel Cost - $5,000.00
Lodging Cost - $450.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,750.00

Additional family members - No

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