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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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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.

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  • 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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COLLINS, MICHAEL E, Republican Party
Georgia

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $14,611.15

Average cost per trip - $2,087.31
Total number of days spent traveling - 18 days
Rank of representative - 369 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Gas Association
Dates - October 6, 2001 - October 8, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Not specified
Notes - Spouse Julie Collins accompanied. Other costs are for car rental/gasoline

Travel Cost - $2,013.50
Lodging Cost - $675.00
Meal Cost - $404.95
Other Cost - $181.89
Total Cost - $3,275.34

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - July 6, 2001 - July 8, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - Overview of the railroads and transport policy issues
Notes - Spouse Julie Collins accompanied.

Travel Cost - $4,082.00
Lodging Cost - $480.00
Meal Cost - $380.00
Other Cost - $180.00
Total Cost - $5,122.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Gas Association
Dates - April 19, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - To speak to CEOs and VPs on W & M issues, energy tax etc
Notes - Spouse Julie Collins accompanied. Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $716.00
Lodging Cost - $770.00
Meal Cost - $306.00
Other Cost - $105.00
Total Cost - $1,897.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Georgia Beer Wholesalers Association
Dates - June 21, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Biloxi, MS

Purpose - Legislative update
Notes - Spouse Julie Collins accompanied. Other costs are for transportation to and from airport in Biloxi

Travel Cost - $570.00
Lodging Cost - $137.50
Meal Cost - $144.00
Other Cost - $132.00
Total Cost - $983.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Georgia Conservation District Supervisors
Dates - January 18, 2002 - January 19, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Pine Mountain, GA

Purpose - Keynote speaker at annual association meeting
Notes - Other costs are for registration and meals

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $110.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $75.00
Total Cost - $185.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Georgia Employers' Associati
Dates - March 16, 2003 - March 17, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Sea Island, GA

Purpose - Legislative update
Notes - Spouse Julie Collins accompanied. Cost is all-inclusive - hotel, meals and gratuity - with roughly 20% of total incurred by Mrs Collins.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $448.31
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $448.31

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - January 18, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Overview of the condition of railroads - transport policy issues also tax proposals, RR retirement, economic regs. Etc
Notes - Spouse Julie Collins accompanied. Other costs are for car rental

Travel Cost - $1,053.00
Lodging Cost - $832.00
Meal Cost - $660.00
Other Cost - $155.00
Total Cost - $2,700.00

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