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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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Iowa Farm Bureau - $10,845.50 spent on 10 trips
17.4% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
82.6% spent on Republican Party

BERRY, MARION - Democratic Party
January 10, 2000 - January 11, 2000 (2 days)
Houston, TX
Purpose - Speak at annual conference
Total Cost - $238.24

BOYD, F ALLEN JR - Democratic Party
January 8, 2001 - January 8, 2001 (1 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - Speech on FQPA
Total Cost - $220.75

STENHOLM, CHARLIE W - Democratic Party
January 10, 2000 - January 10, 2000 (1 days)
Houston, TX
Purpose - conference on farm policy issues
Total Cost - $870.00

BAYH, EVAN - Democratic Party
October 7, 2003 - October 8, 2003 (2 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - Fact finding mission to Cuba on behalf of the Indiana Farm Bureau
Total Cost - $555.00

MCCONNELL, MITCH - Republican Party
January 6, 2002 - January 7, 2002 (2 days)
Reno, NV
Purpose - annual convention, to be presented with AFBF Distinguished Service Award on 1/6, and to attend Kentucky Farm Bureau breakfast 1/7
Total Cost - $2,190.51

THOMAS, CRAIG - Republican Party
January 10, 2000 - January 10, 2000 (1 days)
Houston, TX
Purpose - speak at American Farm Bureau water quality conference
Total Cost - $1,436.00

BOND, CHRISTOPHER S - Republican Party
January 11, 2004 - January 12, 2004 (2 days)
Honolulu, HI
Purpose - Received Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award given at the Farm Bureau Convention.
Total Cost - $1,550.00

LINDER, JOHN - Republican Party
December 4, 2003 - December 5, 2003 (2 days)
Traverse City, MI
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $853.00

LINDER, JOHN - Republican Party
December 3, 2003 - December 4, 2003 (2 days)
Des Moines, IA
Purpose - Speaking engagement..
Total Cost - $909.00

LINDER, JOHN - Republican Party
June 28, 2003 - June 30, 2003 (3 days)
San Antonio, TX
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,023.00

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