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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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    "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

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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PETERSON, COLLIN CLARK, Democratic Party
Minnesota

Total number of trips - 23
Total cost of trips - $40,801.61

Average cost per trip - $1,773.98
Total number of days spent traveling - 75 days
Rank of representative - 160 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Natural Gas to Liquids
Dates - May 27, 2000 - June 5, 2000 (10 days)
Location(s) - Cape Town, South Africa - George, South Africa

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,708.20
Lodging Cost - $520.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,428.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dee Dot Timberlands
Dates - November 17, 2000 - November 19, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose -
Notes - No purpose listed

Travel Cost - $1,356.00
Lodging Cost - $59.00
Meal Cost - $64.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,479.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Buckmasters, Ltd.
Dates - January 27, 2000 - January 30, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes - Other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $172.97
Lodging Cost - $398.78
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $77.00
Total Cost - $648.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Wild Turkey Federation
Dates - February 24, 2000 - February 27, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - Speaker - CRP and Conservation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $397.50
Lodging Cost - $464.35
Meal Cost - $118.82
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $980.67

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Montana Woolgrowers Association
Dates - November 30, 2001 - December 1, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Billings, MT

Purpose - Speech at annual conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,233.75
Lodging Cost - $61.28
Meal Cost - $12.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,307.53

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Wild Turkey Federation
Dates - February 15, 2001 - February 18, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Participate in issues conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $516.25
Lodging Cost - $242.99
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $809.24

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Safari Club International
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 14, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - fact finding - speech
Notes - Other expenses not specified

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $585.33
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost - $83.00
Total Cost - $918.33

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Nebraska Community Foundation, Rain Water Basin Joint Venture
Dates - January 5, 2001 - January 7, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Kearney, NE

Purpose - fact finding - panel discussion
Notes -

Travel Cost - $746.30
Lodging Cost - $52.00
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $823.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Nebraska Community Foundation
Dates - January 5, 2001 - January 7, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Kearney, NE

Purpose - fact finding - meeting with local and state officials
Notes -

Travel Cost - $746.30
Lodging Cost - $122.32
Meal Cost - $26.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $894.62

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Federation of Musicians
Dates - June 23, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose -
Notes - Not specified

Travel Cost - $732.25
Lodging Cost - $100.00
Meal Cost - $87.38
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $919.63

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - March 16, 2001 - March 17, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Osceola, IA

Purpose - Roundtable discussion
Notes - Other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $586.50
Lodging Cost - $66.00
Meal Cost - $44.51
Other Cost - $195.00
Total Cost - $892.01

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Winn Dixie Stores Inc.
Dates - March 15, 2002 - March 17, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - meetings - food safe, bio-terrorism, food quality protection act
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,100.00
Lodging Cost - $60.00
Meal Cost - $60.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,220.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Safari Club International
Dates - March 22, 2002 - March 25, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $590.50
Lodging Cost - $618.03
Meal Cost - $406.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,614.53

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Archery Manufacturers and Merchants Organization
Dates - January 25, 2002 - January 28, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - panel participant
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $734.50
Lodging Cost - $427.15
Meal Cost - $38.00
Other Cost - $105.41
Total Cost - $1,305.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dairy Farmers of America
Dates - October 17, 2003 - October 19, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Pollack, MS

Purpose - informative/agricultural education/CRP update
Notes - child, Jason Peterson, other-guides, licensing

Travel Cost - $3,812.00
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost - $66.00
Other Cost - $1,930.00
Total Cost - $6,008.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - October 6, 2003 - October 7, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - educational trip
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,100.72
Lodging Cost - $194.18
Meal Cost - $176.73
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,471.63

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Winn Dixie Stores Inc.
Dates - April 4, 2003 - April 6, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - Roundtable regarding country of origin labeling
Notes -

Travel Cost - $900.00
Lodging Cost - $60.00
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,050.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Community Financial Services Association of America, Advance America
Dates - August 8, 2003 - August 11, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - Forum on Deferred Deposit Industry
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,459.00
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,584.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Sugarbeet Growers Association
Dates - February 1, 2004 - February 2, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Gulfport, FL

Purpose - speech-meet with board-growers
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,334.00
Lodging Cost - $130.00
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,489.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dairy Farmers of America
Dates - October 15, 2004 - October 16, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - MN

Purpose - Informative/agriculture/CRP update
Notes - Detroit Lakes - Herreid - Pollack - Detroit Lakes, MN (personal transportation)

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $50.00
Meal Cost - $28.00
Other Cost - $646.00
Total Cost - $724.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Schwan Food Co
Dates - September 17, 2004 - September 17, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Grand Forks, ND

Purpose - Speaker - Schwan University - Business executives
Notes - Detroit Lakes, MN - Marshall, MN - Grand Forks, ND

Travel Cost - $2,024.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $12.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,036.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Frozen Food Institute
Dates - April 15, 2005 - April 17, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Purpose - Speech - Board of Directors - AFFI mid year Board meeting
Notes - Washington, DC - Montego Bay - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,181.49
Lodging Cost - $886.13
Meal Cost - $97.20
Other Cost - $133.43
Total Cost - $2,298.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade
Dates - September 18, 2005 - September 19, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Washington, DC - Chicago, IL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $583.91
Lodging Cost - $210.95
Meal Cost - $105.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $899.86

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