Bill Gates recently presented an extremely inspiring TED Talk, focusing not only on professional development for teachers, but heavily on the importance of feedback. We want to share it with you. Gates believes that “everyone needs a coach”. “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 stated. “Our teachers deserve better.” Gates then goes on to explain how ongoing support for our teachers via systematic feedback and mentoring is a significant step forward that needs to be taken in the education system.
Check out the TED Talk above for yourself, and let us know what you think. We’d love to hear!