In our program, in Life Span class, we have had 2 actual classes (this entire semester), then she (the instructor) sends us out to do assessments on different age groups and we have to write up an APA format paper for these different assessments....
We have had to redo every paper so far, because of lack of group work. In my group, there are 3 girls that live with parents and are in thier 20's, another who is in her 30's but drags a bratty 4 y/o everywhere (and when I say brat, I mean brat...yells at her mom and says, "I hate you!" at the top of her lungs...) and me. "Group work" consists of getting together and while 2 are arguing over APA format and references, another is trying to get on MSN messenger to chat and the other is always late.... :angryfire
So I have given up and have offered to do the papers on my own. Never have I gotten a bad grade on an APA format paper, so I thought this would be the easy way to go. But no....I send the paper to everyone in the group to look at (trying to be a good group worker) and what happens? It gets chopped to he** and back. :stone They insert references that are quotes from half the page of the blasted text, insert "jokes" into the text....it's awful! then they wonder why we get bad grades and have the papers returned!
Tomorrow, we are having another assessment at my house (the young lady we are assessing is my son's girlfriend, and she agreed, but it had to be here). AFTER this was all set up, THEN I am informed that 2 of the girls in the group are bringing their kids!
Yes...the bratty 4 y/o, her monster 12 y/o sister, and another girl is bringing her 7 month old.
I can feel myself becoming bitter and angry at my group-mates, especially the one with the kids...I am a very strict mother, and would never allow my children to "play" on the schools computers or to throw themselves to the floor kicking and screaming and yelling "I hate you!" at the top of her lungs....Then she tells me, "You just have no patience with kids". No. I have patience...just not tolerance for bad behavior.
And I am also becoming increasingly upset that the papers continue to be returned when I know I send out good work and it gets chopped to he**. The marks we have on the papers are the extreme citations, and bad grammer (which are usually together and have been inserted by someone else in the group).
Sorry about the length everyone..just grumping today. I really hate this class...and what it's doing to classmates who *used* to be fairly close in some aspects of the game...
How would you guys handle this situation? I am all for having the best grades I can get, and I feel I am being brought down by all this "group" work. I can guarantee that not one person in the group has or will be prepared for the assessment tomorrow by reading or by having notes and or questions for the young lady.
Just tired of it...really tired of it....