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Imagine--a class where you discuss political issues...

...now, imagine me getting a 77% participation grade for that class.

Can you imagine it? Yeah, me neither.

But, that's precisely what my ethics professor gave me.Click here to enlarge
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How does the prof quantify participation like that? Does he check off every time someone speaks?

I have given 100, 90, 80, 70, 60 for participation--not 77 Click here to enlarge
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Yeah, I'd want some kind of explanation of that.
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All my profs just mark a sheet if you participate once per class. I would want an explanation too.

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I'd want an explanation too.

I got a 3% in participation for one class. But if you consider that for the class is only 5% it could be worse.
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All my profs just mark a sheet if you participate once per class. I would want an explanation too.
This is what he did, but that was never made clear. He said that I did not speak up in five class, which frankly, I don't buy. In the classes where I engaged in debate, though, and made numerous statement, I still only received one point.

If it had been clear that we had to speak in every class, I would have done that. I was under the impression, though, that it was overall class participation and overall, my participation was certainly not average.

I just sent him an email, making the argument that I earned an A in his class. Hopefully, it is well-received. We shall see...
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I'd want an explanation too.

I got a 3% in participation for one class. But if you consider that for the class is only 5% it could be worse.
Our participation score was weighted as 40% of our grade. 40% for participation, yet only one point allowed per class period. I am frustrated.
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Well that's just silly. I could see if you were messing around on a laptop or texting that you would get no credit but if you were paying attention you should get something. It's not your fault you didn't have an opinion to give on a topic. Would the prof prefer you throw out random statements just to get the points?

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Apparently. I guess it would have been better just to reiterate points others already made. Seriously, twenty students in this class, including me, spoke regularly. We weren't delving deeply into topics. There is only so much to be said.

He hasn't replied to my email.

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Well, he said he's changing my grade to A. :whew Click here to enlarge

He poo-pooed all my points before saying it, but hey, they must've been effective Click here to enlarge.
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Well you are getting your A. Click here to enlarge
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Good deal! You deserve an A. Click here to enlarge

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40% of the course grade? Click here to enlarge

Our department head eliminated participation grades completely, because of students (and parents Click here to enlarge) who complain Click here to enlarge

It's such a fuzzy topic and so subjective. I'm frankly glad it's gone.

Good for you for advocating for yourself.
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Sweet! Good for you for speaking up.
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