According to the common sense a ‘good learner’ is a student who sits quietly during class, doesn’t speak out of turn, respectful to the teacher and conforms to the ideas that are being taught to them without questioning the content. Students who stray from this ‘good learner’ are disciplined for their actions and punished for not conforming to the norms of the rest of class.
The students that are privileged from the definition of a good student are the students who abide by the norms of the class. Raise their hand to speak, hand in assignments on time, sit quietly, respect the rules and listen to what is being taught to them. The students that are oppressed and left out are the students who view ideas differently, challenge what the teacher is teaching and learn in a variety of different ways.
Learning through crisis means feeling emotionally uncomfortable when learning something new. Learning about a topic that challenges your previous knowledge and possibly challenges your views on controversial opinions.
As a teacher we are constantly learning from our peers, students and the world around us. As a teacher I believe it is necessary for a students growth and mine as a teacher to challenge uncomfortable learning. If all the students followed The Goals of Education there would be no challenge for us as teachers. Last week we learned about the Teacher as learned practitioner, researcher and professional. I believe these would all benefit from teaching in an uncomfortable way. This would force us to view various opinions. To try and understand another persons point of view and to be able to understand why they form the opinion they do.
I believe if the students feel comfortable enough in my classroom to be able to voice their personal opinion on something and it challenges another opinion I am doing something right as a teacher.