I Have a Major Qualm With Group Assignments
by, 17th April 2013 at 11:51 AM (345 Views)
I don't usually rant in blogs
despite my entire blog title thingy, but there is something that has bothered me for a long time that I can't get off my mind.
We were assigned a group project today in one of my classes. I honestly and truly dread group projects no matter what or how the groups are decided, but the one today used my least favorite method:
Everyone was supposed to get into groups of four with people of their choosing. And that means that I get left with nothing, with nobody. It always happens, and it is pretty much inevitable by this point.
It didn't take long for everyone to drift off to different corners of the room with their friends, getting a start on the project (due in a week). Then there's me, sitting awkwardly at the front, looking around to see if anyone didn't have enough people. I'm pretty sure that one group of girls didn't, and I even turned around and asked if anyone needed a fourth member, but nobody answered. So I sat in my chair, and waited a little bit.
Eventually, I went to the professor and told him, "I think everyone already has enough people, is it okay if I work alone? I'm fine with either way, but I usually work alone, so it doesn't bother me." Thankfully, he's not like one of my other teachers - who gets like, "Haley, you need to get to know your classmates. Go ask to join," when I'm like (in my head, not to her face, LOL), "Do you know how hard that is for me? You think I purposely am this shy?" - and he said I could do whatever I wanted.
So now I'm doing a large project on my own. Like usual.
Honestly, it's not the working alone that bothers me. Usually when I'm forced into a group, I get saddled with all the work anyway while all the other members goof around. And to be quite blunt, that's fine, since I don't trust those other people with my grade.
And it's also not that nobody chooses to work with me that bothers me either. I've never cared about popularity, and to be honest, it's not like I want to work with them, either. I'm horribly shy, I'm uncomfortable around most people online or offline and I'm sure it shows even though I try not to (it hardly takes two hands to count the amount of people I am truly comfortable with, and only, like, two of those aren't immediate family members), and I share almost nothing in common with my peers, which I've just accepted through observation and the few times I do talk to them.
No, what bothers me is how groups never work at fairly distributing the workload, even when your grade depends on it. And most of all, I hate how it makes people like me isolated, the people who are quiet, shy, and very bad in social situations. When teachers assign who is in what group, that's okay. I don't like it, but I deal with it. When it's essentially, "Hey, buddy up with all your pals!" then I have a problem. Everyone has their groups, everyone knows each other... I don't.
I'm not trying to say that I'm lonely or anything, if that's what it sounds like. XD In fact, I'm actually happier this semester than I was last, and I have people I love to talk to and chat with and whatever.
It's just... I wish teachers would realize that it's not that easy for people who are somewhat disconnected from others of their age, like me. I can work in groups, I get the job done. But I don't think there should be so much group work as a whole. And I just wish it didn't have to be something I dread so, so much. I'm trying to improve, though. It just comes so, so slowly. ^^;
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