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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

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  • 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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GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR, Republican Party
Minnesota

Total number of trips - 18
Total cost of trips - $44,231.99

Average cost per trip - $2,457.33
Total number of days spent traveling - 78 days
Rank of representative - 144 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - April 18, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Niagara Falls, NY

Purpose - 17th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,177.00
Lodging Cost - $318.00
Meal Cost - $167.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,662.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Safari Club International
Dates - February 3, 2000 - February 6, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Reno, NV

Purpose - SCI Annual Convention
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $319.20
Meal Cost - $275.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $594.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - Bipartisan House Agriculture Committee Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $20.00
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $285.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Arctic Power
Dates - May 26, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Anchorage, AK - Prudhoe Bay, AK - Kaktovik, AK - Valdez, AK

Purpose - 2001 ANWR Congressional Tour
Notes - Child Margie Gutknecht accompanied.

Travel Cost - $5,059.60
Lodging Cost - $220.00
Meal Cost - $178.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,457.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - April 7, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - Ussdom, Germany

Purpose - To attend the 18th annual Congress - Bundestag Seminar
Notes - Spouse Mary Gutknecht accompanied.

Travel Cost - $3,209.80
Lodging Cost - $619.59
Meal Cost - $216.92
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,046.31

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 28, 2002 - January 29, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $36.00
Lodging Cost - $129.00
Meal Cost - $146.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $311.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - March 25, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Galveston, TX

Purpose - 19th Annual Congress-Bundestag seminar
Notes - spouse Mary Gutknecht accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,676.00
Lodging Cost - $657.60
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,633.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - April 14, 2003 - April 18, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Heidelberg, Germany

Purpose - 20th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,855.50
Lodging Cost - $556.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,611.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Better Hong Kong Foundation, Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association, Korea-US Exchange Council
Dates - January 15, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding visit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,500.00
Lodging Cost - $1,650.00
Meal Cost - $650.00
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $6,870.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 13, 2003 - March 17, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Spouse Mary Gutknecht accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,260.00
Lodging Cost - $1,511.07
Meal Cost - $715.90
Other Cost - $307.15
Total Cost - $3,794.12

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 15, 2004 - January 17, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - conference and speaking engagement
Notes - spouse - Mary Gutkencht -

Travel Cost - $1,348.54
Lodging Cost - $881.40
Meal Cost - $950.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,179.94

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Dairy Foods Association
Dates - January 17, 2004 - January 20, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - conference and speaking engagement
Notes - spouse - Mary Gutkencht - other expenses were hotel fees and registration for conference

Travel Cost - $1,107.00
Lodging Cost - $1,085.96
Meal Cost - $684.00
Other Cost - $360.00
Total Cost - $3,236.96

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - German Chamber of Commerce
Dates - February 18, 2004 - February 20, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Munich, Germany

Purpose - fact-finding - speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $850.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Global Atlanticsts
Dates - April 3, 2004 - April 4, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Warrenton, VA

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - spouse - Mary Gutknecht

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $370.98
Meal Cost - $69.90
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $440.88

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 4, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Conservative Members Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $75.60
Lodging Cost - $212.63
Meal Cost - $153.89
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $481.53

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - 104th Class Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $504.00
Meal Cost - $1,134.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,638.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - US Assn of Former Members of Congress - Congressional Study Group on Germany
Dates - March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany

Purpose - To meet with Members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives and EU and NATO officials to discuss current issues in the transatlantic relationship
Notes - Washington, DC - Berlin, Germany - day trip to Brussels, Belgium - stayed in Frankfurt, Germany 3/23 - 3/24

Travel Cost - $1,899.10
Lodging Cost - $1,521.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $740.00
Total Cost - $4,960.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - US Assn of Former Members of Congress Congressional Study Group on Germany
Dates - August 21, 2004 - August 27, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Twin Cities, MN

Purpose - Conference for Members of Congress and German Parliamentarians to discuss important issues in the transatlantic relationship, ie NATO and the War on Terror
Notes - Including spouse Travel to and from at personal expense

Travel Cost - $103.25
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost - $416.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,179.25

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