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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

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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Dairy Farmers of America - $25,221.70 spent on 11 trips
51.3% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
48.7% spent on Republican Party

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
April 10, 2000 - April 10, 2000 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Speaker at DFA annual meeting. Kansas City, MO - Washington, DC
Total Cost - $881.00

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
March 24, 2003 - March 24, 2003 (1 days)
Kansas City, MO
Purpose - Speak to annual meeting
Total Cost - $1,712.69

BOYD, F ALLEN JR - Democratic Party
October 17, 2003 - October 19, 2003 (3 days)
MN - SD
Purpose - Fact finding/agricultural education
Total Cost - $2,337.40

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
March 24, 2003 - March 24, 2003 (1 days)
Kansas City, MO
Purpose - Speak to Dairy Farmers Annual Meeting
Total Cost - $1,712.69

PETERSON, COLLIN CLARK - Democratic Party
October 17, 2003 - October 19, 2003 (3 days)
Pollack, MS
Purpose - informative/agricultural education/CRP update
Total Cost - $6,008.00

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
October 17, 2003 - October 19, 2003 (3 days)
Pollack, MS
Purpose - information - agriculture - CRP update
Total Cost - $3,881.00

CHAMBLISS, SAXBY - Republican Party
October 17, 2003 - October 19, 2003 (3 days)
Mobridge, SD
Purpose - Remarks at Dairy Farmers of America conservation Reserve Program annual Review Breakfast
Total Cost - $1,415.22

SHERWOOD, DONALD L - Republican Party
October 20, 2004 - October 21, 2004 (2 days)
Portales, NM - Kansas City, MO
Purpose - Tour of DariConcepts MPC Plant and DFA Member Dairy Farms in Portales, New Mexico and DFA Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri
Total Cost - $3,960.00

PETERSON, COLLIN CLARK - Democratic Party
October 15, 2004 - October 16, 2004 (2 days)
MN
Purpose - Informative/agriculture/CRP update
Total Cost - $724.00

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
August 20, 2004 - August 20, 2004 (1 days)
Portales, NM
Purpose - Tour of DFA Milk Protein Concentrate plant, Meeting with dairy farmers and tour of dairy farm
Total Cost - $1,190.00

CHAMBLISS, SAXBY - Republican Party
March 21, 2005 - March 23, 2005 (3 days)
Kansas City, MO
Purpose - Dairy Farmers of America Annual Banquet
Total Cost - $1,399.70

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