Blog post #4
When people think about what a “good student is, they most likely would think of someone who sits quietly, does their work, hands it in on time, and is very obedient. Teachers who are narrow-minded, or possibly lazy, prefer these students because they are the easiest to teach. The teacher can write things on the board, tell the students what to do and they do it. No complaints, no distractions. As a future teacher, this does sound like the best kind of student, the easiest student to teach. But, not every student is a “good” student. Some are talking when the teacher talks, some hand in their work late, some ask more questions than the others and some need extra help with work.
I believe the difference between a good teacher and a bad teacher is their ability to adapt to the students that they have. I myself struggled with classes where the teacher would write on the board and expect us to learn through their notes. As someone who was labeled a “bad” student by many of my teachers, I’ve been able to witness the difference in teachers who were willing to be adaptive to their students. In one of my classes I had a teacher that was very negative towards anyone that didn’t do things “her way”, or in her mind “the right way”, and would disagree with any way that I would do the work a bit differently while still having the correct answers.
On the other hand, I also had a teacher who was very adaptive to the students in his class. This teacher was very open to different ways of doing the work, or people asking questions about the way he himself did the work. In his class, I might have been considered a “good” student because of the fact that I excelled in the subjects that he taught. Through this experience, I believe that all students can be the “good” student if we as teachers are able to adapt our teaching styles and stay open-minded to the needs of our students.