Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world Nelson Mandela

Education

In education, it is really about one question: how do we get the best out of every student? This requires a concise view of students, awareness of their personal development and subsequently effective guidance and coaching.

Good education

Acquiring knowledge alone is no longer enough. Good education is education that equips students to adapt to a rapidly changing world. Competences such as adaptability, creativity, perseverance and empathy are becoming more important in an increasingly complex and high-tech society. More and more high schools and universities see it as their mission that students can develop optimally. In almost every school guide you’ll find the mantra: ‘The student is central’.

Relationship between learning performance and well-being

Learning is a comprehensive process. It covers both social, emotional and cognitive competencies. In the last years of adolescence, the brain is still in full development and the integration of previously acquired functions is central. A good command of social emotional competencies is related to well-being and higher learning performance. A low-developed social emotional competence can lead to personal and social problems. Good study results and socio-emotional well-being go hand in hand. This insight is widely available in education.

Current trends and developments

Individual differences in talents and learning styles are an increasingly important starting point in education (12+). In this context, without being exhaustive, we identify a number of eye-catching trends and developments:

  • The rise of personalized learning;
  • Increasing attention to talent development;
  • More attention to personality development.

Preparing students for their role in the world of tomorrow in the Netherlands
Research by the Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (AWT) shows that students from universities and HBO often do not have a clear picture of what suits their talents when choosing their programme. About 30 to 40 % of students drop out in the first year. The self-confidence of these young people is affected and it causes frustration among teachers. Costs, demotivation and student debt are on the rise. source: NRC

Existing methodologies

Schools use various tools to follow, motivate and guide students and to connect with the development of their talents. Think, for example, of the student tracking system (SUSA), mentoring lessons, study questionnaires, conversations with students and study guidance hours. Despite these systems, methodologies and interventions, teachers, mentors and deans often struggle with questions such as:

  • How do I get in touch with my students’ experience?
  • How do I put a finger on who this student really is?
  • How do I come to a meaningful conversation?
  • How do students gain insight into their talents?

A methodology that goes deeper

Do you want to take the next step in the field of student guidance? Instead of looking at students from the outside, do you really want to see students? Existing instruments only expose the ‘visible part of the iceberg’: observable behaviour and actions.

The Organic ScoreCard is the first and only method that maps the upper and lower consciousness. A user-friendly tool that gives mentors, Deans/Heads, teachers (teams) and study career counselors a detailed and truthful insight into intrinsic drives, ambitions, characteristics, blockages and growth opportunities among students. This creates an objective picture of who the student really is, where his or her opportunities and abilities lie and what the guidance should focus on.

The OSC also gives the student an instrument in his own hands. This allows them to develop ownership for their development. The Organic ScoreCard is an online assessment. The results make it clear what choices a student makes and why. Based on the results and the report, you will effectively engage with students and you can take concrete next steps in the guidance.

Scientifically based

The Organic ScoreCard was developed on the basis of scientific research and is an instrument of TransMind International. The Organic ScoreCard was scientifically validated in 2018. The method is successfully applied in numerous companies and non-profit organisations within and outside the Netherlands in the context of assessments and HRM programs.

The Organic ScoreCard is a very practical tool. The completion of the assessment by the student takes about half an hour. With the results you can talk to the student succinctly and directly. Through the OSC, the student gets to know themselves better and knows what to work on. Learning is better if you discover who they really are alongside the Student.

An example? I had an honoree who wasn’t comfortable in his own skin. But I couldn’t get a finger on what was going on with him and couldn’t explain his behaviour. The OSC revealed that he likes to ‘please’. It wasn’t until then that I figured what was bothering him and was able to start the conversation with him. ‘What does it mean for you that you always put yourself aside like this and that you don’t think about yourself enough in the relationship with others?’ This student found it difficult to say ‘no’ and got tangled up with himself as a result. The OSC gave us an insight into the authenticity of this student and we saw that he made choices and displayed behaviors that were going to ‘rub’ with who he really is.

As Dean, I have never worked with an instrument that shows so quickly and completely where the strengths and personal blockages of a student lies. The results of the OSC help you to offer appropriate guidance and to help the student concretely in his personal development. Han Waalen, Dean and Lecturer Strabrecht College

Why the Organic ScoreCard?

Application of the Organic ScoreCard ensures that student guidance gains real depth and ultimately contributes measurably to the study efficiency of the student. The OSC improves:

Student perspective

  • Allowing students to move faster and respond preventively to possible dropouts and study delays;
  • Making students make more conscious choices based on their talents and potential;
  • Positively influence the motivation of students and their learning outcomes;
  • Allowing insights and a feeling of being understood and recognised for their intrinsic values/strategy.

Teacher/school perspective

  • Use appropriate pedagogical-didactic interventions to strengthen the ownership of the student in their learning and development process;
  • Working effectively on peer collaboration between teachers and between teachers and their groups;
  • Working effectively on a social and safe school environment in which everyone is really seen;
  • Monitoring student welfare and mental health.

Concrete tools for Career Orientation & Guidance conversation
The Organic ScoreCard can be used very well in face-to-face conversations in the context of Career Orientation & Guidance. I believe in the power of this instrument. It provides concrete tools to talk about what a student thinks is important in his life, how he or she looks at the world and whether his ‘drive’ fits the profession or discipline he or she has chosen. This instrument allows you to get to the core very quickly. So it also saves time. You just have fewer conversations to get results. A tip: it is a ‘must’ for you as a teacher or supervisor to fill it in for yourself and discover and understand the effect. Teacher upper secondary school HAVO/VWO

Available for education

Schools and universities can use the Organic ScoreCard at both individual and group level. By embedding this instrument in student and student care, the Organic ScoreCard can form ‘the underlay’ for guidance during the entire school journey. Their development over time can then be objectively monitored. Fast, simple and reliable. At group level, the guidance of students and students as well as teachers and other staff can be taken to a higher level.

‘The proof of the pudding is in the eating’

We are happy to tell you more about the content aspects of the Organic ScoreCard in a personal conversation. We will then elaborate on:

  • The possibilities of application in your school-specific context;
  • The implementation of the Organic ScoreCard and our support for this;
  • Investments and revenues.

Of course we are happy to provide a demonstration for Mentors, Study Career Counselors, Teachers (Teams). If you are curious already? Watch this short video on Student Awareness.

Student Awareness

Marc Grond explains what type of awareness makes you a good student. Students who are innovative and initiative taking struggle in high school and often succeed at university.

We would like to talk to you. If you’d like to discover more about the advantages of using the Organic ScoreCard within your school or university, please contact us.