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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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    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.
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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.

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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DEFAZIO, PETER A, Democratic Party
Oregon

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $28,215.68

Average cost per trip - $3,526.96
Total number of days spent traveling - 47 days
Rank of representative - 230 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Rainforest Campaign
Dates - August 11, 2000 - August 17, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - AK

Purpose - fact finding tour of Tongass Ntl Forest
Notes - Accompanied by wife Myrnie Daut

Travel Cost - $1,069.90
Lodging Cost - $1,117.98
Meal Cost - $1,020.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,207.88

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - January 21, 2000 - January 24, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - AAR's Legislative Conference
Notes - Other costs are rental car

Travel Cost - $2,318.00
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $760.00
Other Cost - $139.93
Total Cost - $4,417.93

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Airport Executives
Dates - January 6, 2001 - January 11, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Maui, HI

Purpose - Aviation Issues conference, discussion with industry
Notes - Spouse Myrnie Daut accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,600.00
Lodging Cost - $807.00
Meal Cost - $850.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,257.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Airport Executives
Dates - January 6, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Kona, HI

Purpose - discussion of current aviation issues
Notes - Other costs are for parking. Transportation costs are for round trip first class.

Travel Cost - $4,958.84
Lodging Cost - $824.48
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost - $36.00
Total Cost - $6,319.32

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aviation Safety Alliance
Dates - February 15, 2002 - February 18, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - discussion of aviation security post September 11
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,640.00
Lodging Cost - $477.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,217.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Coalition, Alaska Wilderness League, National Audobon Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, Alaska Wilderness League, Sierra Club, Wilderness Society
Dates - June 28, 2003 - July 2, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - AK

Purpose - Fact-finding trip to Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Oil Drilling, Energy and Wilderness Issues
Notes - Spouse Myrnie Daut accompanied.

Travel Cost - $4,292.58
Lodging Cost - $324.00
Meal Cost - $285.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,902.08

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-New Zealand Council
Dates - January 10, 2003 - January 23, 2003 (14 days)
Location(s) - New Zealand

Purpose - US-NZ trade issues
Notes - Other expenses breakdown: sight seeing flight over Milford Sound - $140; departure tax - $12.50; gratuities for baggage handlers - $7.50; escort/information staff from travel agent - $50

Travel Cost - $1,285.50
Lodging Cost - $1,145.00
Meal Cost - $105.50
Other Cost - $210.00
Total Cost - $2,746.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Natl Air Traffic Controllers Assn
Dates - September 10, 2004 - September 11, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - Spoke to NATCA Conference
Notes - [location listed on personal financial disclosure statement]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $117.17
Meal Cost - $31.30
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $148.47

Additional family members - No

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