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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.
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    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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GREGG, JUDD A, Republican Party
New Hampshire

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $0.00

Average cost per trip - $0.00
Total number of days spent traveling - 26 days
Rank of representative - 632 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - New England Council
Dates - October 9, 2001 - October 9, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - "New Englander of the Year Award" event
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so actual costs not specified; costs are for round trip air travel from DC to Boston for self and spouse.

Travel Cost -
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Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - December 13, 2002 - December 16, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Invest to Compete Alliance Congressional Leadership Educational Seminar
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so actual costs not specified; costs are for round trip air travel from DC to Palm Beach, 3 nights hotel accommodation, and meals for self and spouse.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
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Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 19, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Purpose - Aspen Institute conference on Education Reform
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so actual costs not specified; costs are for round trip air travel from DC to Jamaica and lodging and meals for self and spouse.

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Boston College
Dates - October 24, 2003 - October 24, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chestnut Hill, MA

Purpose - Boston College Center for Irish Programs "Public Service Award" event.
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so costs not specified - costs are for lodging and meal for self and spouse.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
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Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Middleburg, VA

Purpose - The Congressional Institute Senate Leadership Retreat
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so actual costs not specified; costs are for lodging and meals for self and spouse.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
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Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 8, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - Aspen Institute conference on US Mexico Relations
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so actual costs not specified; costs are for round trip air travel from DC to Mexico and lodging and meals for self and spouse.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
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Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Bahamas

Purpose - Aspen Institute conference on Brazil
Notes - Washington, DC - Bahamas - Washington, DC Including spouse This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
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Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Friends of Cancer Research
Dates - March 5, 2004 - March 5, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Lebanon, NH

Purpose - Forum on medical research and its practical effects
Notes - Washington, DC - Lebanon, NH Including spouse This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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