7 Things a Quiet Student Wishes Their Teacher Understood
Good food for thought in this article:
7 Things a Quiet Student Wishes Their Teacher Understood By Marsha Pinto in the HuffingtonPost
The long held friction between teachers and students is one that has lasted for generations, with both sides frantically pointing fingers at each other's faults. There is the one side with teachers attempting to understand and correct their students behavior and the other side where students continue to grumble about how their teachers "just don't get them."
As the beginning of another school year approaches, students face the dreading reality of putting the sunny, less-stress summer days behind and preparing for the next 10 months of deadlines, papers, homework assignments, tests, grades and teachers that seem to not understand what it's like to be a student in 2014. While some students anticipate the teacher that gives less homework, is humorous, easy-going and fair, other students cross their fingers in hopes of the teacher that will understand and accept them for being quiet.
Who are these students? Well, they're often the ones you didn't know existed, the students who were mistakenly marked absent, the students who listened actively yet felt invisible.
For quiet students, another school year calls for the oh-so-familiar report card comments on participation and the series of unfortunate classroom events they've come to know all too well.
So teachers, listen up. Below are seven things you should know before you judge the quiet student(s) in your class this school year.
1. Being quiet doesn't make us any less smart
Teachers don't understand how frustrating it can get reading the comment, " _____ is a great student but he/she doesn't participate in class."
Remember that still waters run deep. I know that some teachers like to base grades on participation, but if you could only hear all the great ideas we have inside our head, you'd learn that we have some great ideas to share. In fact, we are practically masters of brainstorming.
However, it's difficult for us to master the art of jumping in to a conversation or interrupting. We may not raise our hands as quickly as you want us to or say as much as you wanted us to, but honestly we just like to take our time to process our ideas. Does it even make a difference if we write more than we speak?
2. We are not a problem that you need to solve.
So, we may not have participated on the first day, or the second day or the first three months of school but please don't keep pestering us about when we're going to talk. Sometimes there isn't a reason why we are so quiet, it's just part of who we are. Many people tend to assume that quiet people are stuck in this quiet prison and need to be rescued so that we can enjoy life. I can assure that this is not always the case. We quiet students are quite content with the way we are... until you start pointing out our faults. We often do not need the "help" you are suggesting, we just need your patience and understanding.