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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.
  • 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.
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    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

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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THOMAS, CRAIG, Republican Party
Wyoming

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $30,665.85

Average cost per trip - $3,066.59
Total number of days spent traveling - 30 days
Rank of representative - 217 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Farm Bureau Federation
Dates - January 10, 2000 - January 10, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - speak at American Farm Bureau water quality conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,436.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,436.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tom Brown, Inc
Dates - June 9, 2001 - June 9, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Vail, CO

Purpose - Speak at Annual Independent Petroleum Assoc. of Mountain States (IPAMS) meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,500.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,500.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - M&N Equipment, LLC
Dates - August 23, 2001 - August 23, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Casper, WY

Purpose - Participate in ceremony for training center
Notes -

Travel Cost - $759.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $759.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for the Study of Popular Culture
Dates - September 1, 2001 - September 2, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Colorado Springs, CO

Purpose - speak at annual event
Notes -

Travel Cost - $282.50
Lodging Cost - $205.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $487.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 15, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - participate in a congressional conference on Islam
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,190.47
Lodging Cost - $2,925.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,315.47

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Colorado River Water Users Assoc.
Dates - December 16, 2002 - December 17, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - To attend annual meeting of Colorado River Users Assoc. giving a speech and participating in panel discussions
Notes -

Travel Cost - $220.50
Lodging Cost - $95.00
Meal Cost - $58.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $373.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Asia Foundation
Dates - March 23, 2002 - March 30, 2002 (8 days)
Location(s) - Ankara, Turkey - Cappadocia, Turkey - Istanbul, Turkey

Purpose -
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,743.00
Lodging Cost - $550.00
Meal Cost - $167.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,460.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Independent Petroleum Association of America
Dates - August 21, 2003 - August 21, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - To give keynote address at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,340.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,340.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - Fact finding - Attend conference on US Policy in Latin America
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,274.63
Lodging Cost - $2,950.00
Meal Cost - $1,818.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,042.63

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Sugar Alliance
Dates - August 8, 2004 - August 9, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Vail, CO

Purpose - Speech at International Sweetener Symposium
Notes -

Travel Cost - $682.75
Lodging Cost - $169.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $951.75

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