Giving Teachers Feedback: “Our Teachers Deserve Better.” – Bill Gates

As part of our focus this month on teachers here at Daily Edventures, I’m pleased to share a one-hour special created by TED, WNET, PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting titled, “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen.” John Legend hosted this exciting special which included talks from inspiring leaders in the world of education today, including Geoffrey Canada, Sir Ken Robinson, Pearl Arrendondo and Bill Gates, amongst others. Each of these talks is unique and rousing. I hope you take the time to watch it.

I’d particularly like to draw your attention to Gates’ TED Talk, which focuses not only on professional development for teachers, but specifically on feedback. “Everyone needs a coach,” says Gates. “We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve. Unfortunately, there’s one group of people who get almost no systematic form of feedback to help them do their jobs better. And these people have one of the most important jobs in the world. I’m talking about teachers.”

“Until recently, over 98 percent of teachers just got one word of feedback: ‘Satisfactory,” Gates noted. “Our teachers deserve better. The system we have today is not fair to them, it’s not fair to students, and it’s putting America’s global leadership at risk.”

According to Gates, supporting our teachers through systemic feedback, coaching and mentoring is an important step in improving our education system – for teachers, students and society in general.

Gates shares his views about how to enhance students’ outcomes, with an appearance from Daily Edventures alum Sarah Brown Wessling, who uses video in her classroom to help her learn and share best practices.

What do you think? Do you have feedback and coaching success stories that you would like to share?

Let me know @anthonysalcito.

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