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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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    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.
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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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    "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

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SUNUNU, JOHN E, Republican Party
New Hampshire

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $13,036.93

Average cost per trip - $2,172.82
Total number of days spent traveling - 16 days
Rank of representative - 391 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - United States Telecom Association
Dates - February 25, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - La Quinta, CA

Purpose - to speak at USTA Telco Leadership Roundtable
Notes -

Travel Cost - $340.90
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $340.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation
Dates - April 7, 2001 - April 12, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - London, England - Doha, Qatar

Purpose - to speak at the Qatari-American Conference for Free Markets and Democracy
Notes -

Travel Cost - $9,000.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,000.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 9, 2004 - January 10, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Speak at congressional panel at 2004 International Consumer Electronics Show
Notes - Association is at 2500 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201

Travel Cost - $774.50
Lodging Cost - $304.11
Meal Cost - $230.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,308.61

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Securities Inudstry Association
Dates - June 23, 2004 - June 24, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Keynote speaker at SIA conference
Notes - Association is at 1425 K St, NW, Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $402.34
Lodging Cost - $250.84
Meal Cost - $32.96
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $686.14

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Securities Industry Assn
Dates - November 30, 2004 - November 30, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Keynote speaker at SIA Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $523.70
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $523.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for the Study of Popular Culture
Dates - November 11, 2004 - November 13, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Keynote speaker for Restoration Weekend 2004
Notes -

Travel Cost - $534.62
Lodging Cost - $602.80
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $40.16
Total Cost - $1,177.58

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