6.1. Focus on the student
A good educational environment is among other things, characterized by a high culture of motivation, clear technical feedback, and a good balance between theory and practice. Here the student is met and respected for the person he or she is, with the expectation that the student makes an effort in everything he or she does. Last but not least, it is an educational environment where the student both happily attends and feels comfortable participating.
The quality of instruction, guidance and evaluation, of course, plays a crucial role in creating a meaningful and dynamic classroom.
Good teaching depends on good teachers. The Alternative therefore wants to strengthen teachers’ and trainers’ professional competences and skills in the management and facilitation of learning. Efficient and considerate classroom teaching requires specific managerial, pedagogical and social-psychological understanding.
Improving the evaluation culture
The Alternative proposes a reform of the grading system, where the 12-point scale is supplemented with more personalized evaluation and technical feedback. In both primary and lower secondary school, and upper secondary education, the preparation of the current curriculum is a step in the right direction. But we must also move towards a more individualized system of evaluation in higher education, where the focus is as much on the student’s professional and personal development potential as it is on specific academic achievements.
Strengthening teacher leadership
All teachers and educators working in primary and secondary schools, higher education and adult education should, through their training, be taught in leadership, facilitation processes, communication, group dynamics, conflict resolution and other management tools. In this way, they will acquire the necessary tools to be able to optimize their teaching and use classroom dynamics to bring out the best in each individual.