819 호, 발행일 : 2014 년 3 월 26 일 (수)
Many young adults feel they are good students because they make good grades, or they do not disrupt their class, or simply because they show up to class. But what is a student? By definition a student is a person formally engaged in learning, especially one enrolled in a school or college. A second definition for student is any person who studies, investigates, or examines thoughtfully. So in a sense we are all students every day of our lives. However, some just so happen to be better at it than others.
An unknown author once said “One must be a student before one can be a teacher.” As a teacher working at a university, I find this quote to be very truthful. In my daily life I find the challenge of always having to examine my students. I have to study my students to learn how I should structure my class on a regular basis. Without question, I know I am a good student. At the end of the day I know that I tried my best to learn the likes and dislikes of my students, and then I apply what I have learned to my next lesson. Can the same thing be said about you?
Are you the student that comes to class and sits in the far back corner hoping to never be seen? Are you the kind of student that in a group situation you let everyone else do the project while you play on your smart phone? Or worst, are you the kind of student that when the teacher asks you a question you refuse to respond? Not because you don’t know what to say but because you just don’t feel like responding. If you can answer “Yes” to any of the previous questions; well, I hate to tell you but those are clear signs that you are a bad student. Sitting in the back is a clear sign to the teacher that you don’t want to participate. Playing on your phone during a group project just makes you a slacker (someone who lets others do your work for you). Refusing to answer any question asked by a teacher is just being disrespectful. However, don’t worry there is hope for any and all students that answered, “Yes”.
It’s not too late to turn things around and become a better student. Just think about these simple things. First, sit as close as you can to the front (your teacher will not eat you), and sit with a person you can talk to if you’re taking a conversation class. Second, help out! Other students will easily get annoyed with you if you don’t pull your weight in class, so put the cell phone away. Third, no matter how easy or hard the response will be, if your teacher asks you a question you should respond with words, not just a head shake. If you don’t know the answer, then just say so. There is no shame in not knowing, or else why are you in school if you already know everything?
I want to challenge every student to evaluate his or her student behavior. If you can find flaws in your behavior, then my challenge to you is to find a way to change them for the better. Remember you are going to be some kind of student for the rest of your life; you might as well try to be the best student you can be. And being a good student also means you are a good person. Strive to be a good person!
By Brandy Waters
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