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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

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  • 08.27.15

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    "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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LUCAS, FRANK D, Republican Party
Oklahoma

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $25,312.21

Average cost per trip - $2,531.22
Total number of days spent traveling - 32 days
Rank of representative - 256 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Olsson, Frank and Weeda, PC Attorneys at Law
Dates - June 11, 2000 - June 11, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - guest speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $872.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $872.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - ag committee retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $20.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Bankers Association
Dates - November 13, 2001 - November 13, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - Speak at American Bankers Association National Agricultural Bankers Conference
Notes - Honorarium will be donated to a charity

Travel Cost - $267.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $28.00
Other Cost - $1,000.00
Total Cost - $1,295.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Farm Credit Council
Dates - January 14, 2001 - January 16, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Guest speaker
Notes - Spouse Lynda L. Lucas

Travel Cost - $3,690.00
Lodging Cost - $385.58
Meal Cost - $104.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,179.58

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc.
Dates - August 26, 2003 - August 27, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Ardmore, OK

Purpose - tour facility which conducts research in agricultural biotechnology
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $64.99
Meal Cost - $10.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $74.99

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Farm Credit Council
Dates - January 15, 2005 - January 18, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - Rep. Lucas was a featured speaker at the Farm Credit Council annual meeting where he discussed the future of the farm credit system
Notes - Rep: Oklahoma City - San Diego - Washington, DC Mrs Lucas: Oklahoma City - San Diego - Oklahoma City

Travel Cost - $3,062.30
Lodging Cost - $330.21
Meal Cost - $409.79
Other Cost - $10.99
Total Cost - $3,813.29

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Stock Exchange, Chicago Board Options Exchange
Dates - April 17, 2005 - April 19, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Educational trip to visit and learn about the exchanges
Notes - OKC - Chicago - DC

Travel Cost - $645.89
Lodging Cost - $457.30
Meal Cost - $171.90
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,275.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CropLife America
Dates - September 24, 2004 - September 28, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Review agricultural and environmental issues affecting the crop protection industry
Notes - Rep Frank Lucas: Washington, DC - Las Vegas, NV - Washington, DC Mrs. Lynda Lucas: Oklahoma City, OK - Las Vegas, NV - Oklahoma City, OK Including spouse

Travel Cost - $683.61
Lodging Cost - $990.00
Meal Cost - $610.91
Other Cost - $313.81
Total Cost - $2,598.33

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Society
Dates - November 6, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - Attendance at the 2004 Transatlantic Conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Budapest, Hungary - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $6,970.33
Lodging Cost - $1,208.60
Meal Cost - $989.71
Other Cost - $48.67
Total Cost - $9,217.31

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - CropLife America
Dates - September 23, 2005 - September 26, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Review agricultural and environmental issues affecting the crop protection industry
Notes - Rep Lucas: Washington, DC - Orlando, FL - Washington, DC Mrs. Lucas: Oklahoma City, OK - Orlando, FL - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $734.69
Lodging Cost - $665.67
Meal Cost - $565.76
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,966.12

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