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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

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    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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SAWYER, THOMAS, Democratic Party
Ohio

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $52,286.35

Average cost per trip - $4,357.20
Total number of days spent traveling - 51 days
Rank of representative - 119 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Dates - November 27, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Brussels, Belgium - Venice, Italy

Purpose - Study trip
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Joyce H. Sawyer

Travel Cost - $8,186.50
Lodging Cost - $1,350.00
Meal Cost - $858.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,394.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 22, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Conference on global environment
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Joyce H. Sawyer

Travel Cost - $2,422.60
Lodging Cost - $1,924.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,626.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Transatlantic Policy Network
Dates - April 28, 2000 - April 30, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Tucson, AZ

Purpose - Participate in mid-year assessment
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,036.00
Lodging Cost - $854.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,890.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 19, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland - Tallinn, Estonia

Purpose - conference on US - Russia relations
Notes - spouse Joyce Sawyer accompanied.

Travel Cost - $4,680.60
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $3,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,380.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Informal Coalition
Dates - June 13, 2001 - June 15, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Electric transmission policy seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $675.28
Lodging Cost - $291.79
Meal Cost - $386.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,353.82

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Transatlantic Policy Network
Dates - April 7, 2001 - April 11, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Sotogrande, Spain

Purpose - mid-year assessment
Notes - spouse Joyce Sawyer accompanied.

Travel Cost - $7,395.60
Lodging Cost - $429.00
Meal Cost - $438.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,262.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Institute for Social Research
Dates - January 15, 2001 - January 15, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Ann Arbor, MI

Purpose - Participate in Martin Luther King event
Notes -

Travel Cost - $659.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $659.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - 2001 bipartisan congressional retreat
Notes - spouse Joyce Sawyer accompanied. Meals including in lodging costs.

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $949.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,201.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 28, 2002 - June 2, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - convergence of US national security and the global environment
Notes - child Amanda Sawyer

Travel Cost - $4,792.00
Lodging Cost - $1,650.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,942.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Informal Coalition
Dates - May 13, 2002 - May 15, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - electric transmission policy seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $675.28
Lodging Cost - $291.79
Meal Cost - $386.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,353.82

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 15, 2002 - February 18, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - education conference participation
Notes - spouse Joyce Sawyer - lodging incl meals

Travel Cost - $1,459.00
Lodging Cost - $1,710.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,169.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Infinity HealthCare Inc.
Dates - April 27, 2002 - April 28, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - address Frontlines Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $810.00
Lodging Cost - $243.41
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,053.41

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