How do you make a teacher great? (Gates on Education)

[tweetmeme]The new TED talks are live which means my commutes to and from schools are now filled with podcasts by some of the most influential minds of our generation including, Eva Zeisel (Ceramics), Sugata Mitra (Education and how kids teach themselves), Philip Rosedale (Second Life)… This morning I watched Bill Gates discuss two challenging questions his foundation is trying to understand and tackle:

  • How do we stop a deadly disease that is spread by mosquitoes?
  • How do you make a teacher great?

Take a moment to watch the following video and engage with Gates as he elaborates on:

  • Where are great teachers being made?
  • What schools send the majority of children to four year colleges?
  • What classrooms truly engage their students?
  • What tools and data do teachers need to further their professional development and pedagogy skills?

If you are interested in learning more about TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), click here. This is by far one of the most educational websites/initiatives I’ve run across in a long time!



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2 Responses to “How do you make a teacher great? (Gates on Education)”

  1. 1 Susan, the Book Chook March 2, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Thanks for the Gates tip. It’s an interesting question to ponder.

  2. 2 Greg Carroll March 20, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Oh come on the Gates Video is rubbish! teaching is NOT a franchisable set of behaviours. Teaching, especially great teaching, is primarily about engagement motivation and relationships.
    You don’t simply do what someone else has done and get the same results. Teaching is NOT programming or software design. There is NOT a prescribed set of behavioural patterns that will automatically and inevitably result in learning for the children in any particular classroom.
    This video is demeaning of the fantastic work our great and talented teachers do every day in classrooms around the world. Gates should stick to business and let the experts be educators!
    Check out the work of Graham Nuthall, John Hatie or Marzano as a beginning point to understanding teacher effectiveness.

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