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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

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    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

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  • 08.27.15

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SANDLIN, MAX, Democratic Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $16,533.51

Average cost per trip - $2,361.93
Total number of days spent traveling - 21 days
Rank of representative - 343 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - El Paso Energy Corporation
Dates - December 3, 2001 - December 4, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - keynote speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,568.82
Lodging Cost - $230.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,898.82

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - November 11, 2001 - November 13, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV - Yucca Mountain, NV

Purpose - fact finding program to Yucca Mountain, NV
Notes -

Travel Cost - $429.25
Lodging Cost - $557.59
Meal Cost - $268.86
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,255.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Life Insurance Co.
Dates - June 19, 2001 - June 19, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $226.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $226.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Washington outlook program
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,761.50
Lodging Cost - $1,692.91
Meal Cost - $186.68
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,641.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Inter-American Economic Council
Dates - January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados

Purpose - US relations with governments of Antigua and Barbados
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,118.00
Lodging Cost - $1,659.15
Meal Cost - $139.26
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,916.41

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - March 28, 2003 - March 31, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - dialogue between business leaders and government officials regarding stimulating economy
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,032.00
Lodging Cost - $1,543.05
Meal Cost - $525.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,100.05

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - I-49 International Coalition
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 24, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Shreveport, LA - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - congressional tour of I-49 route
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,200.05
Lodging Cost - $185.00
Meal Cost - $110.39
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,495.44

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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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.