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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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    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

    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

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Earnest Goule


Total cost of 11 trips: $11,959.46


Trips traveled under the office of Collin Peterson

Destination: WASHINGTON DC-CHICAGO, IL TRAVELED TO 6 FOOD PROCESSING PLANTS IN CHICAGO AREA
Sponsor: NFPA, ALTRIA, DEL MONTE, WORKA
Purpose: TO SEE AND LEARN ABOUT PROCESSED FOODS AND FOOD SAFETY
Date: Aug 19, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,096.00
source

Destination: FARGO. TOURED SUGAR BEET FARMS, PILLING STATIONS, AND SUGAR PROCESSING PLANTS
Sponsor: American Crystal Sugar Co
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE SUGAR BEET INDUSTRY FROM FIELD TO TABLE
Date: Sep 25, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $769.79
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: Holstein Association USA
Purpose: FAIR ADVISORY BOARD IN REGARD TO THE NATION ANIMAL ID PROGRAM AND STATUS, WHERE TO GO FROM HERE AND LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Date: Oct 9, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,081.24
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS-THIBADAWY, LA
Sponsor: American Sugar Cane League
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT SUGAR CANE PRODUCTION, PROCESSING, MARKETING, TRADE AND DISTRIBUTION AND RAW SUGAR ALLOTMENTS
Date: Nov 14, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $833.50
source

Destination: DCA TO PUERTO RICO-PONCE, PUERTO RICO TO FT. LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: Biotechnology Industry Organization
Purpose: TO VISIT WINTER NURSERIES OF AG CHEM COMPANIES WHERE THEY DEVELOP PEST & DESIASE PESISTANT VARATIES AS WELL AS THE TROPICAL USDA RESEARCH CENTER
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,220.90
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE TO WEST PALM BEACH TO DCA
Sponsor: SUGAR CANE LEAGUE, FLORIDA, HAWAII, TEXAS
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE SUGAR INDUSTRY IN FLORIDA, PRODUCTION, PROCESSING AND DISTRIBUTION. AS WELL AS ENVIRONMMENTAL IMPACTS OF THE INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $896.48
source

Destination: TURIS, TUNISIA STAYED IN PARIS, FRANCE JULY 1-5 ON PERSONAL EXPENSE
Sponsor: NATIONAL DRY BEAN COUNCIL
Purpose: TO LEARN HOW THE WORLD FOOD AID PROGRAM OPERATES LEGISLATIVE IMPACTS AND THE FUNCTION OF THE PARTICIPATING COOPREATIVES
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $2,589.00
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: AGRICULTURE PORT INSPECTION, AIRPORT CUSTOMS FOR AGRICULTURAL GOODS, AND EVERGLADE CONSERVATION
Date: Aug 20, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $976.88
source

Destination: MSP-BORSE, ID-DCA
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL ISSUES THAT AFFECT THE SWEETNER INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 7, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,309.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of John Tanner

Destination: LOUISVILLE, KY
Sponsor: Council for Burley Tobacco and affiliates
Purpose: EDUCATION ON BURLEY TOBACCO AND ECONOMIC IMPACT ON KY
Date: Aug 6, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $459.05
source

Destination: ST. PAUL TRAVEL TO LODGE
Sponsor: MINNESOTA CORN GROWERS
Purpose: TO LEARN THE BENEFITS OF ETHANOL AND OTHER USES OF CORN. FARM BILL DISCUSSIONS
Date: Aug 24, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $727.62
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Earnest Goule.


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