They have really been trying it y’all. I had four group projects were due last week. One in plain English, one in English but our interpretation of a scene from an Italian director, One in Italian with no notes, One in French, but video form. Ah!
When students complain or respond negatively to being forced to work with other people for a grade, I have noticed quite a few professors claiming that when they have a job in their chosen field, they will be forced to work with others. This is true. But, as a person who has actually had a career, I also have a few reasons why this is completely erroneous.
- When working with others in college, you are forced to work around everyone’s schedule. People in college are not all on the same schedule. Some people only take late classes, are off campus by 11 (me) or have jobs or kids (me) or just other responsibilities in general. It is hard to coordinate schedules with people because, contrary to popular belief, life doesn’t always revolve around campus.
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- When you have a job and you are assigned to a project with others they are a) in the same field as you b) on the same schedule as you c)their job isn’t being evaluated by your performance!
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- Professors can get away with this bologna because most students don’t know enough to realize that this is a complete lie.
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- Again, when you have a job and are assigned to a project with others, your job isn’t being evaluated by their performance.
- One more time. When you have a job and are assigned to a project with others, your job isn’t being evaluated by their performance!
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