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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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Trips by*

Patrick Carroll


Total cost of 20 trips: $26,203.87


Trips traveled under the office of Ray Lahood

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: American Meat Institute
Purpose: STAFF BRIEFING WITH WALL STREET ANALYST'S SPECIALIZING IN AGRICULTURE CONCERTATION
Date: Mar 6, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $888.00
source

Destination: BLOOMINGTON, IL
Sponsor: ILLINOIS FARM BUREA, ILLINOIS CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION, ILLINOIS SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Aug 5, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $374.54
source

Destination:
Sponsor: American Sugar Cane League
Purpose: FACT FINDING - SUGAR CANE RESEARCH / INDUSTRY / REFINERY
Date: Nov 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $786.00
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS
Sponsor: Fiserv Mortgageserv
Purpose: TOUR USDA (RURAL HOUSING) COMPUTER FACILITY IN ST. LOUIS
Date: Feb 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,318.34
source

Destination: NEVADA-ARIZONA-UTAH
Sponsor: GOLD INSTITUTE, NATIONAL MINISTRY ASSOCIATION
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: May 30, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,044.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-PEORIA, IL
Sponsor: Nature Conservancy
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jun 29, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $468.54
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: National Food Processors Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Aug 15, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $1,691.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, TOUR YUCCA MTN
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING/EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 28, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,380.00
source

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH TO EVERGLADES
Sponsor: Florida Sugar Cane League
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 20, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $975.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC-PITTSBURGH
Sponsor: National Mining Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jul 1, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $422.30
source

Destination: NATIONAL AIRPORT-LA GUARDIA AIRPORT-NEW YORK CITY-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-TOUR LA GUARDIA AIRPORT-2 DAY SESSION IN DYC ON AVIATION SECURITY & THE FUTURE OF THE INDUSTRY
Date: Jul 5, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,331.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: Biotechnology Industry Organization
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $995.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: ILLINOIS BEEF, ILLINOIS FARM BUREAU, ILLINOIS PARK PARTNERS
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $786.05
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: National Food Processors Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Aug 19, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,096.00
source

Destination: PONCE, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Biotechnology Industry Organization
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,300.90
source

Destination: UNITED KINGDOM
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Aug 15, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $4,125.26
source

Destination: KEY LARGO, FL
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Aug 23, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,010.00
source

Destination: LOUISIANNA
Sponsor: American Sugar Cane League
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Nov 12, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,251.59
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO DANA POINT, CA
Sponsor: Advanced Medical Technology Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,300.35
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: Food Products Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Aug 9, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,660.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Patrick Carroll.


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