Satire: Participation Points in Class

6 November 2018

Abby Jadali

ajadal@uccs.edu

    There is always that one kid in class that just always feels the need to ask a question, make a statement or express an idea. Sometimes we love that kid, but other times we cannot stand them.

     Many of the classes here at UCCS make participation a part of the grade that students can receive. Sometimes this can really help a student out but other times, it can cause major problems for a student’s grade.

    What are you supposed to do when you have absolutely nothing to give back to the class? What do you do when you don’t have any comments to make or questions to ask because everyone else already did? I’ll tell you what you do, you become THAT kid in class.

    The one that asks the most basic questions, the one that has the most ridiculous ideas because even though it might irritate you, they are the one getting those points while you are the one who is out of luck when it comes to getting participation points. This will basically mean that your overall presence in that class was worthless.

    We love that, don’t we? We just love sitting through a one or three hour long lecture, just to receive absolutely no points for coming in because we did not add to discussion. So that is where the annoying questions come in. Students end up irritating the class with pointless questions just to get those points from the professor.

    By looking deeper into this, we can acknowledge that sometimes those kids are the ones that save the day. The talkative kid starts making the teacher get off topic and on a tangent about something else which makes the class go by quicker. Maybe they make it where the presenters can’t present, homework forgot to be turned in, or group work couldn’t be completed.

    Moral of the story is to love those annoying kids in class because they are pushing the grueling hour along. And if you can’t think of a kid like that in any class, maybe you are that student.   

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