Pet Peeve Speech
In school the idea that we all learn differently and in our own ways is stressed to us from kindergarten right up to your senior year. I don't disagree with that at all, in fact I feel deeply that we all do in fact learn in ways unique to us. The teachers and staff here at Iron Mountain High School do a fantastic job of catering to the needs of individuals who have troubles grasping concepts or just can't seem to understand something the first time it's explained to them. Once again I'm fine with that, but not everyone needs that much help. Not everyone wants that much help! Teachers, quit making me take notes all the time!
There are certain teachers that will grade you on your notes, calling it a participation grade. That has got to be the biggest load of crap I've ever heard! Many kids like myself are blessed with the capability to understand and remember things just by actively participating in the class discussion and listening to their teachers. In history most kids could just read the chapter and take the test right away! It just irks me to no end when teachers make their students take notes.
In my school career I have had many experiences with graded note taking but I'll focus on just one example for now. In a certain current class of mine (*cough* biology *cough*) we have a teacher who is very insistent on note taking. Now I get that she wants her students to succeed and understand what she's teaching, but for me at least I just don't need notes to do that. In her teaching format we will usually take a day to go over a section of the chapter using a powerpoint and class discussion. That type of teaching works just fine for me and I would like think I'm an active participant in our class. I ask and answer questions, I look at the powerpoint slides and the book, I just refuse to take notes. Most people (my mother included) would just say I'm being stubborn and stupid, but I'm not! Not gloating here but my test grades have all...