“Good” Student

Commonsense is something that is culturally constructed to maintain or set a level of expectation within a community. To be a “good” student would mean that this particular student uses this culturally constructed ideas of commonsense as guide to his or her own life. In short, a “good” student follows the rules, doesn’t challenge, and remains in the norm at all times. The problem with this is that because this commonsense is culturally created, it can be assumed that it would favor one specific socioeconomic background, race, gender, etc. These commonsense ideas deflate the importance of a diverse community. It truly does take all kinds to make the world go around, so why do should we look to this commonsense to guide us? In history the world changers are almost always rule breakers, they challenge the norms and break through a better world for all.

So what does it mean to be a good student? I believe to be a good student we first need to look at the teachers. For example, what does the teacher facilitate? Do they challenge their students? do they advocate for their students? Sure, some students may need extra attention in the behavioral front or maybe they struggle in a particular subject. Whichever way you put it, I simply cannot say there is such thing as a bad student (short of not putting any effort in and acting as if the world will just hand them the things that they want in life). A good student needs opportunities to challenge the norm, to learn in different ways, to be exposed to new ways of thinking. No two students are the same, so lets not trap them in this box that is commonsense.


NEW resources found

In the process of my personal guitar curriculum I have been searching for resources online that would help me in my process of learning guitar, but resources that could also serve me as an arts ed teacher teaching the music thread. I found a site ( I believe it may be a blog) that gives a list a apps that can help students learn music. I welcome the use of technology in the classroom and I think that apps are their to be my friend as teacher. I have not checked out all the apps yet but if you would like to check them out, and for my own records just click here and see the list for yourself!

New Resource

I have come across a site that is basically like signing up for free at home guitar lessons. The site is called Guitar Tricks . This site allows me to long on and find videos, and other resources to help me learn a song, some chords, or really anything I want to learn. On this site you can sign up for lessons that will help you at any level (obviously I chose the beginner levels). As I signed up I had to fill out a short questionnaire about how much I wanted to be practicing and what I was interested in. I would definitely recommend this site to other learners.