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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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    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.
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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.
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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

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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COLLINS, SUSAN M, Republican Party
Maine

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $12,201.25

Average cost per trip - $1,220.13
Total number of days spent traveling - 30 days
Rank of representative - 403 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 14, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Invited participant, the Commonwealth Fund Bipartisan Health Policy Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,333.25
Lodging Cost - $1,309.50
Meal Cost - $267.18
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,909.93

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Novogradic and Co.
Dates - May 18, 2001 - May 19, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Gave a speech at the Credit & Bond Financing for Affordable Housing Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $777.00
Lodging Cost - $207.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $984.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association for Home Care and Hospice Association of America
Dates - October 13, 2001 - October 15, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Gave a speech on legislative developments affecting home health care
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,507.00
Lodging Cost - $597.32
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,104.32

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Col. Frances Auclair, President Maine Unit #41, Women Veterans of the Sea Services, 23 Sprucewood Lane, Orland, ME 04472
Dates - May 17, 2003 - May 18, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Rockport, ME

Purpose - gave speech at the Maine Unit #41 of WAVES national Banquet (Women Veteran of the Sea Services)
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $222.56
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $222.56

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - FMC Corporation
Dates - August 21, 2003 - August 21, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Rockland, ME

Purpose - speak at the Board of Directors meeting of the FMC Corporation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,053.57
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,053.57

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 9, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - speak at annual membership meeting in Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose
Notes -

Travel Cost - $650.00
Lodging Cost - $597.00
Meal Cost - $211.14
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,458.14

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Northeastern Retail Lumber Assn
Dates - September 11, 2004 - September 12, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Newcastle, NH

Purpose - Gave speech on legislative priorities for the remainder of the session of the 108th Congress
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $223.63
Meal Cost - $38.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $261.63

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, South African Institute of Intl Affairs
Dates - November 9, 2004 - November 14, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cape Town, South Africa

Purpose - Conference on International Affairs and Fact Finding Trip
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,453.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,653.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Barrier Island Group for the Arts
Dates - January 30, 2005 - January 30, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Sanibel, FL

Purpose - To speak at Lecture Series on Intelligence Reform
Notes -

Travel Cost - $804.10
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $804.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 5, 2005 - August 8, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aspen, CO

Purpose - Aspen Strategy Group's 2005 summer workshop entitled "Mapping the Jihadist Threat: The War on Terrorism Since 9/11"
Notes -

Travel Cost - $750.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $750.00

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