Please Sit Down and Let Me Fill Your Brain Up.

Sit down Johnny! Face the front, Sally! Jensen, stop copying off of your neighbor! 99% Barbara, keep up the excellent work!

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Kamashiro defines ‘commonsense’ as aspects of daily life that have become so routine and so commonplace that they often go unquestioned or criticized.

This commonsensical notion draws heavily into our expectations of students within our classroom. What, then, makes a marvelous commonsensical student you might ask?

great student

  1. A good student comes to class prepared to learn with the proper materials and utensils
  2. A good student sits quietly in his/her desk awaiting further instruction. Facing forward towards the teacher with hands and feet on/under his/her own desk.
  3. A good student achieves 80+ grades and hands in all assignments in a timely manner
  4. A good student is respectful of the school environment, classmates and teacher.
  5. A good student never questions or critiques the teacher.
  6. A good student displays ability and willingness to learn.
  7. A good student ALWAYS colors between the lines.
  8. A good student will always say the right things in the right ways

Privilege definitely lies beneath the surface of these commonsensical views. People who are easily capable of conforming these ideals will tend to smooth sail through the education system and help to boost the confidence of the curriculum makers. What happens to those individuals who slip through the cracks? The ones that don’t easily conform to the requirements listed above?

  1. Feelings of guilt
  2. Inferiority
  3. Shame
  4. Acting out/disrupting
  5. Low self-esteem
  6. Feelings of inadequacy

The list goes on and on and I think the most alarming thing that happens is that individual believes that it was their fault and that it was them that failed. When in reality, it was the system and the teacher that failed to alter the curriculum to best suit the needs of certain individual learners.

Not everyone can alter their nature to fit neatly into a cookie cutter mold that wasn’t designed with them in mind.



3 thoughts on “Please Sit Down and Let Me Fill Your Brain Up.

  1. Great post! I really liked in the second last paragraph how you said that it is really, “the system and the teacher that failed to alter the curriculum to best suit the needs of certain individual learners”. I completely agree that it is not the fault of the student if they fail to learn a concept but ultimately a lot of the time the student is blamed for this failure to learn. This just shows how it is the job of the teacher to adapt the learning environment to the needs of the learners so that all students have the potential to succeed.


  2. Firstly, I really like the way you set up this post! It catches your eye and keeps you interested. You desciption of what a “good” student is was so accurate. I liked you point about how a “good” student always colours in the lines. This could mean literally, but i also think it plays with the fact that these students keep within the structure that commonsense has set for them. Great post!


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