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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

    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*

Russell Middleton


Total cost of 16 trips: $17,151.60


Trips traveled under the office of Larry Combest

Destination: WYE WOODS CONFERENCE CENTER QUEENSTOWN, MD
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE RETREAT
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $285.00
source

Destination: DUCK KEY, FL
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT RURAL ELECTRIC COOPS.
Date: Feb 21, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,500.00
source

Destination: LUBBOCK, TX & PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: National Cotton Council
Purpose: INDUSTRY ORIENTATION PROGRAM
Date: Aug 7, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $900.00
source

Destination: BAKERSFIELD, TULARE, AND VISALIA CA
Sponsor: Valley Farm Credit
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT AGRICULTURE IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CA
Date: Aug 16, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,299.32
source

Destination: TULSA, OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA
Sponsor: WICHITA FARM CREDIT
Purpose: TOUR AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY OF EAST CENTRAL OKLAHOMA
Date: Aug 23, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $889.00
source

Destination: THIBODAUX & NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: American Sugar Cane League
Purpose: STUDY SUGAR CANE, RESEARCH, HARVEST & PROCESSING
Date: Nov 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $766.00
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: Grocery Manufacturers of America
Purpose: GMA CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $659.50
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: Farm Credit Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN FCC 19TH ANNUAL MEETING LEGISLATIVE SESSION AND OTHER RELATED SESSIONS.
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $1,380.81
source


Trips traveled under the office of Bob Goodlatte

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Farm Credit Council
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSION
Date: Jan 17, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $768.57
source

Destination: ELKINS & ROMNEY, WV
Sponsor: Farm Credit of the Virginias
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT AGRICULTURE OF WEST VIRGINIA
Date: Jun 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $320.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: TO BETTER UNDERSTAND CURRENT CONCERNS OF THE SUGAR INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 7, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,960.27
source


Trips traveled under the office of Collin Peterson

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FL-FLORIDA EVERGLADES-WEST PALM BEACH-DCA
Sponsor: FL SUGAR CANE LEAGUE/SUGAR CANE GROWERS COOPERATIVE OF FL
Purpose: TO LEARN OF THE CHALLENGES FACING THE AMERICAN SUGAR CANE INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $996.00
source

Destination: LOUISVILLE KY TO LEXINGTON, KY TO LOUISVILLE, KY
Sponsor: Council for Burley Tobacco and affiliates
Purpose: SPECIFICALLY, TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ISSUES FACING TOBACCO PRODUCERS AND GENERALLY TO LEARN ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF AGRICULTURE TO KENTUCKY
Date: Aug 1, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $589.65
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO BOISE, IDAHO TO SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: TO HEAR AND DISCUSS THE CONCERNS AND ISSUES FACING THE DOMESTIC SWEETNER INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 6, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $1,498.14
source

Destination: MINNEAPOLIS
Sponsor: MINNESOTA CORN GROWERS
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MINNESOTA CORN AND ETHANOL INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 19, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,039.34
source


Trips traveled under the office of Charles Stenholm

Destination: NEMACOLIN, PA
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: TO ATTEND A SERIES OF BRIEFINGS ON THE CHALLENGES FACING ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES
Date: Oct 17, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,300.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Russell Middleton.


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