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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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Business Government Relations Council - $24,018.90 spent on 10 trips
88.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
12.0% spent on Republican Party

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
October 18, 2003 - October 19, 2003 (2 days)
Lewisburg, WV
Purpose - Speaker at Business Government Relations Council's annual meeting
Total Cost - $3,485.22

BAYH, EVAN - Democratic Party
October 18, 2002 - October 20, 2002 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speech at the Business Government Relations Council Meeting
Total Cost - $3,339.16

BAYH, EVAN - Democratic Party
October 17, 2003 - October 19, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To speak at the Business Government Relations Council Annual Conference/Meeting
Total Cost - $3,440.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
October 17, 2002 - October 20, 2002 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speak at the BGRC annual meeting
Total Cost - $2,035.00

COCHRAN, THAD - Republican Party
October 19, 2001 - October 21, 2001 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Co-sponsor(s): CSX Corporation, BP
Purpose - To address Business-Government Relations Council annual meeting
Total Cost - $974.00

WARNER, JOHN WILLIAM - Republican Party
October 19, 2001 - October 21, 2001 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To participate and be keynote speaker for the Annual business Government Relations Council meeting
Total Cost - $1,900.00

CARPER, THOMAS R - Democratic Party
October 17, 2003 - October 18, 2003 (2 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - spoke on panel regarding class action reform, with a number of members of congress
Total Cost - $1,486.60

SCOTT, DAVID ALBERT - Democratic Party
October 15, 2004 - October 17, 2004 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Guest Speaker at the GoBusiness-Government Relations Council 2004 Annual Meeting
Total Cost - $3,317.92

CARPER, THOMAS R - Democratic Party
October 15, 2004 - October 17, 2004 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Annual Meeting, Senator Carper addressed attendees regarding issues facing Congress,
Total Cost - $2,141.10

LANDRIEU, MARY L - Democratic Party
October 15, 2004 - October 17, 2004 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speaker at Annual Meeting
Total Cost - $1,899.90

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