A ‘Good’ Student

According to common sense, being a good student means following the rules, regulations, and expectations in the school and the classroom. A good student is required to think, behave, and act in a certain way. A student is pressured by the school and society to act a specific way in order to be a role model student and citizen. A good student is pressured to perform at the highest standards and follow instructions that allow students to have specific outcomes that enable the student to ‘look good’ on paper. Students who stray away from these classroom management practices by disrupting the class because they cannot pay attention or sit still are not your ideal student. A good student is viewed similarly to a traditional student in accordance to traditional teaching methods where a subject is taught, and outcomes are to be met. However, students who do not follow as a traditional student are viewed as a hindrance to the classroom and disturbance to their peers. In addition, students who don’t meet these requirements are viewed incapable to learn, because they cannot learn in the ‘traditional’ learning environment. Students are diverse learners, and they do not all always learn in the exact same ways. Therefore, students who learn in this traditional type of way are privileged students. Some may say they “have it all together”, they don’t have troubles in school and probably are not conflicted with too many stressors at home. They are what society wants to see and they coincide with the norms and how things are supposed to be done.

Some people might be blinded by common sense ideas, they don’t see a problem what they are doing or how they do it because it is ‘common sense.’ But, like Kumashiro referred to before, common sense is not the same for everyone. Therefore, common sense ideas allow us to disregard certain situations or people when their ideas of common sense do not align with our own. In a teacher perspective, if we all had the same idea of common sense we would still be teaching in the traditional manner. To challenge our common sense allows us to see that not everyone learns the same way, just like everyone does not have the same common sense. It allows us to see how students learn in different ways with unique learnings, skills, and desires, as well as, it allows us to understand and accommodate to certain students skill levels.

Reference:

Kumashiro Chapter 2.pdg- https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kkJc7k2AyKB-Usl3pujiMAeWpfzmpZRK/view

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