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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.

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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MICHAUD, MICHAEL H, Democratic Party
Maine

Total number of trips - 5
Total cost of trips - $5,655.14

Average cost per trip - $1,131.03
Total number of days spent traveling - 13 days
Rank of representative - 489 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Jackson Laboratory
Dates - May 21, 2004 - May 23, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Portland, ME

Purpose - To tour the lab facilities to better understand its impact on Maine's second congressional district
Notes -

Travel Cost - $572.20
Lodging Cost - $50.00
Meal Cost - $32.17
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $654.37

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - River Valley Growth Council
Dates - March 21, 2004 - March 22, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Golden, CO

Purpose - delegation from the state of Maine toured the national renewable energy laboratory and discussed nrel's state and local initiatives, partnerships, and collaborations. River Valley Growth Council made a presentation on Bioenergy Initiative in Maine.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $752.35
Lodging Cost - $67.76
Meal Cost - $30.13
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $850.24

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Microsoft Corporation
Dates - July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - Congressional briefing/Microsoft Campus Visit for Members of the Blue Dog Coalition
Notes - Transportation Expenses included transportation to and from airport

Travel Cost - $1,350.67
Lodging Cost - $523.54
Meal Cost - $530.98
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,405.19

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Americans United to Protect Social Security
Dates - June 17, 2005 - June 18, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dayton, OH

Purpose - Speaker at town hall meeting on the importance of Social Security to rural states
Notes - Washington, DC - Dayton, OH - Portland, ME Paid for own meals

Travel Cost - $760.60
Lodging Cost - $112.37
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $872.97

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Americans United to Protect Social Security
Dates - June 17, 2005 - June 18, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dayton, OH

Purpose - Speaker at town hall meeting on the importance of Social Security to rural states
Notes - Washington, DC - Dayton, OH - Portland, ME Paid for own meals

Travel Cost - $760.00
Lodging Cost - $112.37
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $872.37

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