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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

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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
  • 08.27.15

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    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.

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ENZI, MICHAEL B, Republican Party
Wyoming

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $28,599.92

Average cost per trip - $4,085.70
Total number of days spent traveling - 31 days
Rank of representative - 228 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Fay Improvement Company
Dates - November 8, 2001 - November 11, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Indian Wells, CA

Purpose - speeches
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,744.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,744.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Bankers Association
Dates - February 21, 2003 - February 23, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Coral Gables, FL

Purpose - Convention speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,288.00
Lodging Cost - $348.00
Meal Cost - $299.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,935.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S. - Ireland Alliance
Dates - May 25, 2003 - May 30, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Ireland

Purpose - Trip to learn more about the Irish economy and to discuss U.S. businesses and their impact on the Irish economy
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,566.00
Lodging Cost - $970.00
Meal Cost - $492.00
Other Cost - $28.00
Total Cost - $8,056.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - German Marshall Fund
Dates - April 12, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Munich, Germany

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,305.82
Lodging Cost - $744.78
Meal Cost - $288.30
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,338.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Invest To Compete Alliance (ITCA)
Dates - July 3, 2004 - July 5, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cape Cod, MA

Purpose - To attend "Invest to Compete Alliance" conference
Notes - [amended 6/15/2005 to change sponsor name from Campbell-Crane & Assoc.]

Travel Cost - $880.18
Lodging Cost - $1,185.00
Meal Cost - $570.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,635.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - The "Support" Foundation
Dates - November 27, 2001 - November 30, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Thailand

Purpose - Not specified
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so actual costs not listed. Costs were for roundtrip airfare from DC to Thailand, plus per diem expenses for member and spouse.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Waterfall Tournament Committee
Dates - August 13, 2004 - August 17, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Ketchikan, AK

Purpose - Speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $890.84
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $890.84

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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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.