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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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  • 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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HARKIN, THOMAS RICHARD, Democratic Party
Iowa

Total number of trips - 5
Total cost of trips - $15,599.26

Average cost per trip - $3,119.85
Total number of days spent traveling - 13 days
Rank of representative - 356 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - International Longshoremen's Association
Dates - July 18, 2000 - July 19, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - address convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,007.75
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,007.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Corn Growers Association
Dates - February 26, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - attend conferences and receive award
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,114.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $25.00
Total Cost - $2,139.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for International Policy
Dates - April 21, 2003 - April 24, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,444.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $342.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,386.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA)
Dates - December 2, 2004 - December 6, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Wellington, New Zealand

Purpose - Speaking engagement at the Parliamentarians for Global Action 26th Annual Forum. Senator Harkin is a member of PGA's International Council
Notes - Senator Harkin personally paid for his stay in New Zealand from December 7-12, 2004. The Parliamentarians for Global Action paid for the roundtrip ticket which did not result in an incremental increase in expense for the roundtrip ticket due to the depart

Travel Cost - $8,855.00
Lodging Cost - $252.51
Meal Cost - $110.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,217.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Food Prize
Dates - March 14, 2005 - March 14, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Des Moines, IA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $849.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $849.00

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