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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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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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THOMPSON, FRED, Republican Party
Tennessee

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $33,904.12

Average cost per trip - $2,608.01
Total number of days spent traveling - 32 days
Rank of representative - 189 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - International Mass Retail Association
Dates - January 22, 2000 - January 24, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $9,701.95
Lodging Cost - $1,567.14
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $148.00
Total Cost - $11,417.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - SRI International, Atomic Tangerine, Forbes ASAP
Dates - May 8, 2000 - May 9, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Jose, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,842.00
Lodging Cost - $353.62
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,220.62

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains
Dates - May 12, 2000 - May 12, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Pigeon Forge, TN

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $958.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $958.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dennis Miller Live
Dates - July 6, 2000 - July 8, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - to appear on Dennis Miller Live July 7
Notes - $260 for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,458.50
Lodging Cost - $125.45
Meal Cost - $260.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,843.95

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - North Carolina School of the Arts
Dates - November 10, 2000 - November 12, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Winston-Salem, NC

Purpose - to participate in the National Conference on Ethics in Filmmaking
Notes -

Travel Cost - $935.00
Lodging Cost - $359.37
Meal Cost - $96.94
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,391.31

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - March 2, 2001 - March 5, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,223.50
Lodging Cost - $1,435.50
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,709.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bethlehem Center
Dates - March 30, 2001 - March 30, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chattanooga, TN

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $727.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $727.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute World Forum
Dates - July 22, 2001 - July 24, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Beaver Creek, CO

Purpose - To moderate and participate in panel discussions
Notes - travel provided by executive branch

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $320.00
Meal Cost - $160.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $480.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - First Farmers and Merchants Bank
Dates - October 12, 2001 - October 12, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $426.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $426.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - ASCAP
Dates - October 18, 2001 - October 18, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - ASCAP Event
Notes -

Travel Cost - $426.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $426.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for the Study of Popular Culture
Dates - August 31, 2001 - September 3, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Colorado Springs, CO

Purpose - Restoration Weekend and speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,895.00
Lodging Cost - $235.00
Meal Cost - $109.65
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,239.65

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - USA Today
Dates - October 12, 2002 - October 14, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - debate at USA Today forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,773.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,373.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute
Dates - June 21, 2002 - June 23, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Beaver Creek, CO

Purpose - to moderate and participate in panel discussions
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,000.00
Lodging Cost - $370.00
Meal Cost - $322.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,692.00

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