For many, the encounter with a teacher has had a vital significance, meeting a person who fully appreciates the capabilities of their students and motivates them to further develop their skills. In order for this to happen, the teachers will not just have to be professionally competent, they also need to be authentic people, who are able to apply their own opinions and experiences in class.
In the documentary series My Best Teacher we follow Camilla Hoffman – an unusually competent and attentive teacher – through a tough school year at the Hylleholt School in the village, Fakse Ladeplads. The film crew portrays her work with every student, and the differences in their problems: performance anxiety, girls’ conflicts, dyxlexia, and bullying. Using conversations, personal attendance, and occasional rough settlements of conflicts Camilla manages to improve the self-reliance of her students and strengthen the class as a whole.