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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.

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  • 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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WAMP, ZACH, Republican Party
Tennessee

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $13,609.32

Average cost per trip - $2,268.22
Total number of days spent traveling - 31 days
Rank of representative - 386 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Williams Company
Dates - October 25, 2001 - October 28, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Tulsa, OK

Purpose - fact finding - tour of energy plant
Notes - Location of this trip was not disclosed. Spouse Kim Wamp accompaied.

Travel Cost - $2,006.96
Lodging Cost - $277.62
Meal Cost - $21.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,305.58

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - for bipartisan retreat
Notes - with spouse Kim and children Weston and Coty Wamp - lodging includes meals cost

Travel Cost - $875.00
Lodging Cost - $1,226.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,101.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Coal Utilization Research Council
Dates - March 28, 2005 - April 3, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Purpose - Education & exchange on fossil fuel technologies. Visits & briefings on coal gasification / clean coal / German government energy policy
Notes - Washington, DC - Berlin/Amsterdam - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $2,718.83
Lodging Cost - $804.00
Meal Cost - $401.56
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,924.39

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Keystone Center
Dates - February 18, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - To participate in the Keystone Energy Board Winter Conference as a panelist in the Energy Policy plenary session
Notes - Chattanooga, TN - Denver, CO - Chattanooga, TN Including spouse

Travel Cost - $695.64
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $35.18
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $730.82

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Not specified
Dates - July 25, 2004 - August 4, 2004 (11 days)
Location(s) - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania - Cape Town, South Africa

Purpose - To investigate airport security, border security, port security, the World Food Program and the multi-billion AIDS programs
Notes - Atlanta, GA - Dar Es Salaam - Cape Town - Atlanta, GA

Travel Cost - $2,967.41
Lodging Cost - $109.64
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,077.05

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Morgan Keegan
Dates - May 22, 2005 - May 23, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Homeland security conference keynote address
Notes - WAS - NYP - WAS

Travel Cost - $1,080.65
Lodging Cost - $389.83
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,470.48

Additional family members - Yes

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