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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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MURKOWSKI, FRANK, Republican Party
Alaska

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $63,519.79

Average cost per trip - $4,234.65
Total number of days spent traveling - 55 days
Rank of representative - 84 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Pacific Seafood Processors Assoc.
Dates - February 27, 2000 - February 29, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - speech at convention
Notes - Wife, Nancy accompanied.

Travel Cost - $5,828.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,508.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Bankers Association
Dates - July 14, 2000 - July 16, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - speech at annual meeting
Notes - Wife, Nancy accompanied.

Travel Cost - $326.83
Lodging Cost - $1,213.62
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,690.45

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association for Energy Economics, Cleveland OH
Dates - September 25, 2000 - September 25, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - MN - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - speech to annual conference
Notes - Wife, Nancy accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,387.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,387.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - MGN, Inc.
Dates - February 14, 2000 - February 14, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Skull Valley, UT

Purpose - site visit. Skull Valley Nuclear Disposal Site
Notes - Wife, Nancy accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,659.54
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $182.52
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,842.06

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 21, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Rico

Purpose - Participant, Global Environment Conference
Notes - Wife, Nancy accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,989.60
Lodging Cost - $1,443.00
Meal Cost - $960.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,392.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - BP, Rio Tinto, Edison Electric Institute
Dates - January 9, 2000 - January 15, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - London, England - Madrid, Spain

Purpose - World Energy briefings by BP, intl. Mineral Market, Forecast for 2000 and beyond briefings by Rio Tinto, meeting with Spanish Electric Association and a site visit to their nuclear plant facilities
Notes - Wife, Nancy accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,611.57
Lodging Cost - $2,590.17
Meal Cost - $442.63
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,644.37

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Taipei Economic & Cultural Representative Office
Dates - April 16, 2000 - April 25, 2000 (10 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan - Hong Kong

Purpose - accompanied Sen. Murkowski
Notes - Senator's travel paid by U.S. State Dept.

Travel Cost - $7,223.32
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,223.32

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Edison Electric Institute
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Tucson, AZ

Purpose - speech and discussion panel participant at the institute's CEO meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,101.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $129.43
Other Cost - $3.86
Total Cost - $6,234.29

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Phillips Petroleum Company
Dates - March 2, 2001 - March 3, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Ship christening
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,184.80
Lodging Cost - $237.08
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,571.88

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Alyeska Pipeline Services Co, Era Aviation
Dates - March 30, 2001 - April 1, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Anchorage, AK - Valdez, AK - Fairbanks, AK - Deadhorse, AK

Purpose - Fact-finding trip related to the exploration development and transportation of oil and gas from the Alaska North Slope and associated communities
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,340.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,340.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - TXU
Dates - April 27, 2001 - April 29, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Big Spring, TX

Purpose - wind power tour and energy/nuclear briefing
Notes - lodging included meals

Travel Cost - $2,356.00
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,556.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Williams Companies
Dates - April 29, 2001 - April 30, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,212.00
Lodging Cost - $335.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,747.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 29, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - conference on convergence of US National Security and the Global Environment
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,984.92
Lodging Cost - $1,600.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,864.92

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Royal Carribean International
Dates - November 10, 2001 - November 12, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - congressional overview cruise
Notes - lodging cost includes meals

Travel Cost - $712.00
Lodging Cost - $899.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,611.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Waterfall Charitable Organization
Dates - October 19, 2001 - October 22, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Talkeetna, AK

Purpose - Alaska 2001 youth summit
Notes - lodging cost includes meals

Travel Cost - $1,673.80
Lodging Cost - $233.10
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,906.90

Additional family members - Yes

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