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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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    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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SMITH, GORDON HAROLD, Republican Party
Oregon

Total number of trips - 16
Total cost of trips - $36,751.96

Average cost per trip - $2,297.00
Total number of days spent traveling - 44 days
Rank of representative - 177 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Brigham Young University
Dates - March 31, 2000 - April 2, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Salt Lake City, UT

Purpose - make speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $740.00
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $880.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Iranian Council
Dates - May 5, 2000 - May 7, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $270.00
Lodging Cost - $790.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,060.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Council on Foreign Relations
Dates - October 10, 2000 - October 10, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Durham, NC

Purpose - participate in a debate
Notes -

Travel Cost - $551.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $58.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $609.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Edison Electric Institute
Dates - February 18, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Tucson, AZ

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $183.00
Lodging Cost - $236.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $419.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Sea Trek Foundation
Dates - August 18, 2001 - August 20, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Liverpool, England

Purpose - keynote speech, unveiling of statue
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,160.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,160.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Brigham Young University -- J. Reuben Clark Law School
Dates - October 1, 2001 - October 1, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Salt Lake City, UT

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $632.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $632.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jerusalem Fund of Ash Hatorah
Dates - August 5, 2002 - August 5, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Santa Barbara, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $615.49
Lodging Cost - $444.73
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,160.22

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - participate in workshops
Notes -

Travel Cost - $395.00
Lodging Cost - $1,236.00
Meal Cost - $525.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,156.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Motion Picture Association of America
Dates - February 18, 2003 - February 20, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes - Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $334.48
Lodging Cost - $453.72
Meal Cost - $88.98
Other Cost - $48.00
Total Cost - $925.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Southwestern University School of Law
Dates - May 17, 2003 - May 19, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Speak at a Dean's Circle Dinner and give a Commencement Speech
Notes - Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $423.25
Lodging Cost - $136.86
Meal Cost - $55.75
Other Cost - $20.00
Total Cost - $635.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Century Business Services Inc
Dates - August 6, 2003 - August 8, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - County Mayo, Ireland

Purpose - Speech, participate in Round Tables
Notes - Other expenses not specified. [Amended to change sponsor from Klessler & Associates][Amended amounts 5/20/05]

Travel Cost - $8,597.15
Lodging Cost - $805.00
Meal Cost - $328.90
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,731.05

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - Speech, participate in Round Tables
Notes - Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $8,731.26
Lodging Cost - $1,218.00
Meal Cost - $1,256.28
Other Cost - $510.14
Total Cost - $11,715.68

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Cleveland chapter
Dates - August 26, 2003 - August 29, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Cleveland, OH

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $339.00
Lodging Cost - $99.33
Meal Cost - $92.71
Other Cost - $42.99
Total Cost - $574.03

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - JED Foundation
Dates - June 7, 2004 - June 7, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Keynote speech
Notes - Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $92.60
Lodging Cost - $409.91
Meal Cost - $1,150.00
Other Cost - $84.66
Total Cost - $1,737.17

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Society
Dates - January 12, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speech, participate in roundtable discussions
Notes -

Travel Cost - $864.90
Lodging Cost - $734.50
Meal Cost - $500.18
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,099.58

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Save American Free Enterprise (SAFE)
Dates - October 28, 2005 - October 29, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Pinehurst, NC

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $755.79
Lodging Cost - $407.00
Meal Cost - $93.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,255.79

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