A good day at school may be due to several characteristics: different relationships, teachers’ beliefs and behaviors, teachers’ communication style, classroom management, and group processes. Positive classroom ethos and positive relationships with students affect an ideal day. In Finland, it has been acknowledged that educational excellence also requires that students enjoy learning at school, which is a challenge for prospective teachers. In this phenomenographical study we are interested in student teachers’ ideas of a good day at school in the context of a reflective course. Sixty-seven students’ stories were analyzed. The quality of school life consisted of good class management, good learning atmosphere, learning success, personal scaffolding, and relevant teaching methods. Student teachers mentioned also the importance of the hot meal that is served to all students in Finnish schools. Some student teachers expressed a wish to have other grown-ups, teachers or assistants, partaking in their lessons, and wanted to teach in a small class. The importance of peer feedback and teamwork as a possibility to develop their own teaching and class management was less mentioned, as was positive feedback from the parents.
|Keywords:||Learning Environment, Learning Success, Collaborative Teaching, Personal Scaffolding|
Researcher, SiDu Consulting, Helsinki, Finland
Professor, School of Applied Education and Teacher Education, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland