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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

    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

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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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Office of

Collin Peterson


Total cost of 68 office trips: $94,842.71


Trips by Collin Peterson
Total cost of congressperson's 21 trips: $39,007.13

Destination: MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA
Sponsor: Buckmasters Ltd
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 27, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $648.75
source

Destination: NASHVILLE
Sponsor: NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
Purpose: SPEAKER CRT AND CONSERVATION
Date: Feb 24, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $980.67
source

Destination: CAPE TOWN, RSA-GEORGE RSA
Sponsor: Alaska Natural Gas to Liquids
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 27, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $8,428.20
source

Destination: JAX
Sponsor: Dee Dot Timberlands
Purpose:
Date: Nov 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,479.00
source

Destination: MINNEAPOLIS-KEARNEY, NEBRASKA-DETROIS LAKE, MN
Sponsor: NEBRASKA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION-RAIN WATER BASIN JOINT VENTURE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING, PANEL PARTICIPATION
Date: Jan 5, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $823.30
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Safari Club International and affiliates
Purpose: FACT FINDING, SPEAKER
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $918.33
source

Destination: DCA-COLUMBUS-CHICAGO-MSP
Sponsor: NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
Purpose: SUBSTANTIAL PARTICIPATION IN ISSUES CONFERENCE.
Date: Feb 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $809.24
source

Destination: OSCEOLA, IOWA
Sponsor: Congressional Sportsmens Foundation
Purpose: ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
Date: Mar 16, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $892.01
source

Destination: MPLS-LAS VEGAS-WASH. DC.
Sponsor: American Federation of Musicians
Purpose:
Date: Jun 23, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $919.63
source

Destination: BILLINGS MONTANA (MSP-BILLINGS-FARGO)
Sponsor: Montana Wool Growers Association
Purpose: SPEAKER-ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 30, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,307.53
source

Destination: NASHVILLE
Sponsor: Archery Manufacturers & Merchants Organization
Purpose: PANEL PARTICIPANT
Date: Jan 25, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,305.06
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE
Sponsor: Winn-Dixie Stores
Purpose: MEETINGS, FOOD SAFETY, BIO-TERRORISM FOOD QUALITY PROTECTION ACT
Date: Mar 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,220.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Safari Club International and affiliates
Purpose: CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION
Date: Mar 22, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,614.53
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE
Sponsor: Winn-Dixie Stores
Purpose: ROUNDTABLE RE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING
Date: Apr 4, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,050.00
source

Destination: JACKSON HOLE
Sponsor: COMMUNITY FINANCIAL SERVICES ASSN OF AMERICA AND ADVANCE AMERICA
Purpose: FORUM ON DEFERRED DEPOSIT INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 8, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,584.00
source

Destination: FARGO-CHICAGO-WASHINGTON
Sponsor: CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE/CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP
Date: Oct 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,471.63
source

Destination: MSP-POLLACK
Sponsor: Dairy Farmers of America
Purpose: INFORMATIVE/AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION/CRP UPDATE
Date: Oct 17, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $6,008.00
source

Destination: FARGO-MSP-MEMPHIS-GULFPORT-MEMPHIS-DCA
Sponsor: American Sugarbeet Growers Association
Purpose: SPEECH - MEET WITH BOARD-GROWERS
Date: Feb 1, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,489.00
source

Destination: DETROIT LAKES, MN-MARSHALL, MN-GRAUS FORKS, NA
Sponsor: Schwan Food Company
Purpose: SPEAKER - SCHWAN UNIVERSITY-BUSINESS EXECUTIVES
Date: Sep 17, 2004
Expense: $2,036.00
source

Destination: HERREID-POLLACK
Sponsor: Dairy Farmers of America
Purpose: INFORMATIVE/AGRICULTURE/CRP UPDATE
Date: Oct 15, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $724.00
source

Destination: MONTEREY BAY
Sponsor: American Frozen Food Institute
Purpose: SPEECH-BD OF DIRECTORS-AFFI MID YEAR BD MEETING
Date: Apr 15, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,298.25
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Collin Peterson

Steven Bekkerus
Christine Birdsong
William Black
Chip Conley
Nona Darrell
April Demert
Robin Gioracke
Robin Goracke
Earnest Goule
Chris Iacaruso
Tony Jackson
Martha Josephson
Robert Larew
Andrew Martin
Russell Middleton
Christopher Ogilvie
John Riley
Anne Simmons
Katherine Telleen



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