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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

Back to all reports

Club of Growth - $32,692.24 spent on 17 trips
7.3% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
92.7% spent on Republican Party

AKIN, GARY - Democratic Party
February 20, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (3 days)
West Palm Beach. FL
Purpose - Speaking request
Total Cost - $2,379.80

SHADEGG, JOHN B - Republican Party
February 19, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (3 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - educational
Total Cost - $1,380.40

NICKLES, DONALD LEE - Republican Party
February 20, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (3 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Congressional Seminar
Total Cost - $3,647.80

SHADEGG, JOHN B - Republican Party
March 11, 2005 - March 12, 2005 (2 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - Educational purpose
Total Cost - $1,411.00

RYAN, PAUL D - Republican Party
March 4, 2005 - March 14, 2005 (11 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL - Naples, FL
Purpose - Panel participation on Social Security
Total Cost - $2,667.44

PEARCE, STEVE - Republican Party
March 11, 2005 - March 12, 2005 (2 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - Participated in a panel discussion on urgent political and economic issues of the day for CFG's winter conference
Total Cost - $1,822.80

MCMORRIS, CATHY - Republican Party
March 11, 2005 - March 13, 2005 (3 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - Winter conference
Total Cost - $2,031.40

MCHENRY, PATRICK TIMOTHY - Republican Party
March 11, 2005 - March 13, 2005 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Speaking engagement, and informational speaker on a series of panels
Total Cost - $1,876.90

ISTOOK, ERNEST J JR - Republican Party
March 10, 2005 - March 13, 2005 (4 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - Attend and participate in the Club for Growth's Economic Winter Conference
Total Cost - $2,859.30

BLACKBURN, MARSHA W - Republican Party
March 11, 2005 - March 13, 2005 (3 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - Speaking at the Club for Growth Annual Conference
Total Cost - $1,934.40

FLAKE, JEFF - Republican Party
March 11, 2005 - March 12, 2005 (2 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - To take part in a panel for a Club of Growth Conference
Total Cost - $1,406.60

REICHERT, DAVID CONGRESSMAN - Republican Party
March 11, 2005 - March 13, 2005 (3 days)
FL
Purpose - The congressman spoke on Tort Reform for their Economic Forum
Total Cost - $2,536.80

BLACKBURN, MARSHA W - Republican Party
February 20, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (2 days)
West Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Speaking to Conference
Total Cost - $1,328.60

FLAKE, JEFF - Republican Party
February 20, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (2 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - To participate in a Club for Growth conference event
Total Cost - $1,729.00

KENNEDY, MARK RAYMOND - Republican Party
March 10, 2005 - March 14, 2005 (5 days)
FL
Purpose - To speak on current issues before Congress (Tort reform and Social Security)
Total Cost - $1,880.00

KENNEDY, MARK RAYMOND - Republican Party
February 20, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (3 days)
West Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - To speak on current issues before Congress
Total Cost - $1,800.00

PAUL, RONALD E. - Republican Party
February 20, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (3 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

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