Guidelines for rethinking and enhancing the teaching profession

This publication is part of a series created by Yezers who, in collaboration with ScuolaZoo, has produced a White Paper on the school of the future. It has drawn up guidelines so that the Italian school can not only educate, but educate children. The previous episodes introduce the topics covered in the White Paper, talk about the first pillar linked to content, the second pillar linked to methodologies and the third pillar linked to tools.

Teachers

The good teacher is one who becomes progressively superfluous. This is the starting idea that allowed the Yezers and ScuolaZoo team to delve deeper into the status quo on the subject of teachers, within its proposal for an innovative school of the future. Teaching requires a set of varied competencies, among which arise the disciplinary and didactic, psychopedagogical, relational and organizational. Therefore, it is extremely difficult to assess the quality of a teacher with current tools. For this reason, the white paper provides guidelines for rethinking and promoting the teaching profession.

First, the teacher must be good coach: It is not just a matter of knowing how to transmit knowledge, but of educating in 360 degrees; to this end, a more complete and careful selection was considered, aimed at choosing competent and trained teachers. Very important are certainly communication skills, mastery soft skillsthe attitude of listening and of problem solving, and not least the ability to resolve conflicts. A good teacher, in addition to mastering the subject of reference, must surely be a good combination of the qualities we have just mentioned.

Secondly, and for the teacher to develop these skills, a good training course and continuous updating are needed. In this sense, it is proposed to do a one-year internship, which the aspiring professor must do next to a professor. There are real examples of this, with extremely positive results. Other ideas include the use of MOOCs for online training, or the development of a network of teachers, a community that is supported and improved with training and internal support (a concrete example is present in a Feltre institute ( BL)).

Finally, a teacher with the qualities and competencies mentioned is what the school of the future really needs, a school that is no longer tied only to grades, but also to much more. In the same way that students must be evaluated in their entirety, and not only through school performance, the teachers of the future can and must also be evaluated according to multiple indicators, as is already the case in many universities. The parameters to be evaluated are diverse: from the relationship with the students, to the availability, passing by the quality of the teaching. Through periodic anonymous questionnaires students will be able to give gods comments to the teacher, so that the quality of school life constantly improves. Other teacher assessment tools could reside in the INVALSI tests, through which it can be established whether the teacher’s teaching is functional and effective or not, as well as identifying critical areas of teaching and how to improve it.

The role of the teacher is, without a doubt, central and of prime importance in the education of students, becoming the protagonist of the school system, and therefore it is essential to choose a competent teacher and able to make the school a place of cultural growth, but also physical and mental well-being for the adults of the future!

The four pillars of the White Paper written by Yezers and the Zoo School have been completed. We have seen how the School of the Future needs to be radically innovated in four areas: the contents taught, the teaching methodologies, the tools used and the teaching staff. Our work, however, does not stop here: all four of these aspects are in fact something unique and indivisible. They are the four sides of the same coin and, after all, one thing. In the next article, ending the series, we will understand how all our proposals can be combined and can become more than just advice.

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