A “good student” is often thought of as one who sits quietly in class, copies exactly what is written on the board, and responds to the teacher only when a question is asked (Kumashiro, 2010). Students are expected to sit in a desk for the required time of class, listen, take notes, and leave. In the past, teachers often viewed the students who enjoyed moving and talking during class as the “problem students”. Through our experiences in the education faculty, we have come to understand that there are various types of learners, and a “good learner” cannot be summarized in one sentence. I believe a “good student” can be one who is compelled to learn, questions what is being taught, and engages in lessons meaningfully, and appreciates knowledge. Notice how a “good student” cannot be defined by their learning style. A good student can still hit all aspects of what I believe a good student is no matter if they must be moving, sitting quietly, or cooperatively learning with peers, etc.
Students who are privileged by the idea of what a “good student” is demonstrate the ability to sit quietly and follow the previous expectations of students. Students who are good at listening, practicing and writing exams benefit from this definition. This definition does not support different learning styles and does not acknowledge students who may have disabilities or need accommodations.
This definition of a “good student” makes it impossible to create a diverse classroom. A classroom that consists of all the same students and learning styles is one that does not benefit the students. Students need to learn from their peers and be taught using different instructional strategies to benefit the different learners present in their classroom. If a good student is considered one who sits quietly and listens and then writes a test, then the transmission teaching model is used and creates a very boring and basic educational experience. Students do not learn from sitting quietly and listening every day of the year. They need to be challenged in different ways of learning and knowing to expand their knowledge.