What does it mean to be a “good” student according to the common-sense?
- Every teacher dreams of having “good” students. These “good” students are the students that are on time and follow the rules. They follow instructions and do not question anything said by the teacher. They are quiet and good listeners that never speak out of turn, therefore they participate when they need to. These students also test very well and get high grades in whatever it is they are doing. Personally, I think you could call these “good” students “cookie cutter” students as they are all perfect and all the same.
Which students are privileged by this definition of the good student?
- The students that are privileged by this definition are the students who learn best by seeing and listening. They are the students that can sit in a desk for hours and listening to the teacher’s voice and can take in everything that they are saying. These students typically come from a good/sturdy home where all their needs are being met. They have structure at home so structure at school is normal to them.
What is made impossible to see/understand/believe because of these common-sense ideas?
- There are numerous students that do not fit into the “good” student category. Unfortunately, these students are often looked passed and therefore struggle with school. Because of common-sense, teachers feel they can only teach one certain way which is not only frustrating for students but also for the teacher because they feel like they are doing something wrong and then have to re-evaluate their teaching. Common-sense has influenced every single one of us, whether it has been influencing the way we learn or the way we teach. The secret is not to be a ‘good’ student and not to teach “good” students, but to realize that every student is different and to be open to change.