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In one of my programming classes, which happens to largely be review, (I have to take it anyway... imagine that...) I have been spending classtime to do the assignment rather than follow along. The teacher, while walking the class though some such exercise or other, whispered to me that I should follow along so if anyone behind me is lost, they can see what I am doing and be helped.

Do I actually and in any way, have to "follow along" for the sake of the other students, or even because the teacher asked me to? (This is college not high school) Perhaps the best solution is to sit in the back, so, therefore, there is no one behind me?

I am disgusted by the teacher basically asking me to teach her class for her as if it was my duty!

asked Sep 11 '11 at 12:18

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edited Sep 11 '11 at 14:14

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The teacher's comments seem to make no sense but maybe she is asking you to be polite and not obviously "tune her out". I would ask : why are you in class in the first place? If this class is boring you and is unnecessary, perhaps you could speak to the teacher and exempt out? A class can, like many projects humans engage in, be a great way to develop your own talents and learn from both the teacher and others. If this mutually beneficial "idea trade" is not happening, consider using your time in another manner. If you must "go thru the motions", at least let the teacher know why. Be nice.

(Sep 11 '11 at 18:36) Danneskjold_repo Danneskjold_repo's gravatar image

I assume you are taking the class because it is required. Did you explain to the teacher that it is largely review for you, and you would rather spend your time on other things outside of class? Is there a way you can "test out" of the class, so you don't have to sit through the lectures? If the teacher wants your help, perhaps you could negotiate extra credit for aiding other students.

(Sep 12 '11 at 08:58) nicholascloud nicholascloud's gravatar image

If you are the next Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg, you could consider dropping out of college and starting your own enterprise. Morally, I see no issue in continuing to do what you've been doing, if it is non-disrupting and you can get away with it. But you don't "own" the classroom (yet, until you become the next big success story in computer technology), so you need to respect the wishes of the teacher, even if it means occasionally having to explain things to your struggling classmates. I used to enjoy helping others in the class from time to time myself. I found that it helped me to understand the source of their confusion more clearly and devise effective strategies for clearing up others' confusions. It was good practice for me, as well as making a super impression on the teacher (good for grades). I see this as synergy, not altruism.

answered Sep 12 '11 at 23:33

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