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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

    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

    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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    "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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    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.

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Trips sponsored by

Alabama Farmers Federation


Total cost of 25 trips: $23,647.72


Traveler: Rick Dearborn (from the office of Jeff Sessions)
Destination: MONTGOMERY, AUBURN, AUTAUGAVILLE, TUSKEGEE, ALABAMA
Purpose: AGRICULTURAL INFORMATION TOUR
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $560.00
source

Traveler: Stephanie Mercier (from the office of Tom Harkin)
Destination: MOBILE, AL
Purpose: SPEAK TO POULTRY PRODUCERS ABOUT FED. OF POLICY
Date: Aug 4, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $604.60
source

Traveler: Earl Hilliard (from the office of Earl Hilliard)
Destination: GEORGIA TO MOBILE, ALABAMA AND RETURN
Purpose: AWARD RECIPIENT
Date: Aug 5, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,085.00
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Traveler: Mary Alice Tyson (from the office of Jeff Sessions)
Destination: SOUTHEAST AND CENTRAL ALABAMA
Purpose: TOUR OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH FACILITIES AND FARM OPERATIONS
Date: Apr 2, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $853.00
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Traveler: Anne Cassity (from the office of Bob Riley)
Destination: VISITED AUBURN UNIV., COTTON FARMS, SOIL & TURF FARMS & AGRICULTURE FACILITIES.
Purpose: AGRICULTURAL TOUR OF SOUTHEAST, ALABAMA TO LEARN MORE ABOUT AGRICULTURAL ISSUES.
Date: Apr 2, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $853.00
source

Traveler: Terry Everett (from the office of Terry Everett)
Destination: DOTHAN, AL TO MOBILE, AL TO WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: ATTEND ANNUAL MEETING AND RECEIVE RECOGNITION & AWARD
Date: Dec 9, 2002
Expense: $3,608.00
source

Traveler: Barron Avery (from the office of Jeff Sessions)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-PENSACOLA, FL, ORANGE BCH., AL, CAMDEN, AL, MONTGOMERY, AL
Purpose: VISITING FARMS
Date: Apr 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $905.49
source

Traveler: Juliet Hettinger (from the office of Robert Cramer)
Destination: ALABAMA
Purpose: FACT FINDING - AGRICULTURE ISSUES IN ALABAMA
Date: Apr 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $502.49
source

Traveler: Tiffany Cobb (from the office of Spencer Bachus)
Destination: TOUR FARMS & FORESTRY OPERATIONS IN SOUTH ALABAMA
Purpose: AGRICULTURE FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,032.50
source

Traveler: Allan Freyer (from the office of Artur Davis)
Destination: MONTGOMERY TO CAMDEN, AL, TO MOBILE, AL
Purpose: FACTORY-FONDING TOUR OF ALABAMA AGRICULTURAL OR IPES
Date: Apr 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $905.49
source

Traveler: Reece Langley (from the office of Terry Everett)
Destination: BALDWIN CO., AL; WILCOX CO., AL; MONTGOMERY, AL; LOWNDES CO., AL
Purpose: VISIT FARM AND AGRIBUSINESS OPERATIONS AND FACILITIES
Date: Apr 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $905.49
source

Traveler: Artur Davis (from the office of Artur Davis)
Destination: MOBILE, AL
Purpose: SPEAKER AT WELCOMING DINNER FOR THE 31ST ANNUAL COMMODITY PRODUCERS CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 31, 2003
Expense: $112.00
source

Traveler: Julie Busbee (from the office of Spencer Bachus)
Destination: MOBILE - HUNTSVILLE, AL
Purpose: AG TOUR THRU NORTHERN AL
Date: Apr 10, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $859.32
source

Traveler: James Wells (from the office of Robert Cramer)
Destination: TRAVELED IN MADISON, MORGAN, LIMESTONE, MARSHALL, JACKSON COUNTIES
Purpose: FACT-FINDING REGARDING ALABAMA AGRICULTURE
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $624.87
source

Traveler: Cindy Pate (from the office of Jeff Sessions)
Destination: NORTH ALABAMA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL AIDE TOUR
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $360.11
source

Traveler: Allan Freyer (from the office of Artur Davis)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO HUNTSVILLE, AL FOR A TOUR OF NORTH ALABAMA AGRICULTURE SITES
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR AL FARMS
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $859.32
source

Traveler: Allison Thompson (from the office of Terry Everett)
Destination: HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA
Purpose: TOUR FARMS AND RELATED AGRICULTURE POINTS OF INTEREST
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $859.32
source

Traveler: Dwayne Bolton (from the office of Michael Rogers)
Destination: HUNTSVILLE, AL
Purpose: AGRICULTURE TOUR OF NORTH ALABAMA
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $859.32
source

Traveler: Mary Susan Jones (from the office of Jeff Sessions)
Destination: MONTGOMERY, AL; HEADLAND, AL; DOTHAN, AL; ANDALUSIA, AL; FLOVALA, AL; ROBERTSDALE, AL; MOBILE, AL
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TOUR OF FARMS AND AGRICULTURAL FACILITIES THROUGHOUT SOUTH ALABAMA
Date: Mar 31, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,042.80
source

Traveler: J Watson Donald (from the office of Jo Bonner)
Destination: MONTGOMERY, AL; 4/1 - TRAVEL TO ELBA & ANDALUSIA, AL; 4/2 - TRAVEL TO BALDWIN CO. & MOBILE CO.
Purpose: TOUR ALABAMA FARMS AND OTHER AGRICULTURAL POINTS OF INTEREST.
Date: Mar 31, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,042.80
source

Traveler: Allison Thompson (from the office of Terry Everett)
Destination: ALABAMA
Purpose: TOUR FARMS AND RELATED AGRICULTURE POINTS OF INTEREST
Date: Mar 31, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,042.80
source

Traveler: Michael Chahinian (from the office of Robert Aderholt)
Destination: MONTGOMERY, AL
Purpose: TO VISIT PRODUCTION SITES AND MEET WITH LOCAL PRODUCERS IN ORDER TO SEE LATEST PRODUCTION METHODS, AND CONSERVATION PRACTICES
Date: Mar 31, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,042.20
source

Traveler: Mark Dawson (from the office of Robert Aderholt)
Destination: MONTGOMERY, AL
Purpose: TO VISIT PRODUCTION SITES AND MEET WITH LOCAL PRODUCERS IN ORDER TO SEE LATEST PRODUCTION METHODS AND CONSERVATION PRACTICES
Date: Mar 31, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,042.20
source

Traveler: Julie Busbee (from the office of Spencer Bachus)
Destination: ORLANDO, FL-DOTHAN, AL; RETURN: MOBILE, AL TO DCA
Purpose: FACT FINDING-AG TOUR (AGRICULTURE TOUR)
Date: Mar 31, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $1,042.80
source

Traveler: Dwayne Bolton (from the office of Michael Rogers)
Destination: MONTGOMERY (AL), DOTHAN, COVINGTON CO., ANDALUSIA BALDWIN, ROBERTSDALE, GULF SHORES, MOBILE
Purpose: AGRICULTURAL FACT-FINDING TOUR IN ALABAMA
Date: Mar 31, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,042.80
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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.

Recent Posts

  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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.