Hey-O wrote:This makes me incredibly sad and nervous. I love participating in class. It keeps me focused and interested in the material. I don't want everyone to hate me, but I also want to do well. I'm pretty sure everyone is going to call me a gunner. Is a gunner just an active participant or a jerk? But it kind of sounds like people are saying that active participants are jerks.
You have to realize most classes are not about active participation. The prof cold calls a person and interacts with him/her, and that's part of the teaching. If you raise your hand every class, it stands out because the point of class isn't YOUR questions, it's the PROFESSOR'S questions.
Every now and then it's fine - when the prof looks for volunteers or when you need to clarify a point, and most especially when you are called on - by all means, speak up! But there isn't room (in your average law class with dozens of students) for 'active participation' unless you win the Socratic lottery.