Invalid Date

Teacher: I’ve been trying for the last 15 minutes to get Microsoft Access to accept a date and it won’t do it. 

IT Guy: What is the error message?

Teacher: It says “Invalid Date”

IT Guy: Are you using a valid date?

Teacher:  Of course, I checked it 10 times to be sure.  I am typing the exact date I was given by the student. There must be something wrong with the program.

IT Guy: Ok, I’ll come look

Walks down to teacher lounge….

IT Guy: I think the problem is that you made up a date that doesn’t exist.  February 31st is not a real date.  It never has or for that matter ever will be.

Teacher: Oh!  I was just making up dates.

IT Guy: Yes you were.   I thought you were inputting the exact date from a sheet?

Teacher:  No, I just made it up.

IT Guy: yeah…….good job with that.

Working with Plugs

Teacher: IT Guy, can you plug in my computer?
IT Guy: I am pretty busy.  Can’t you do it?
Teacher: I don’t know how
IT Guy: Do you know how to plug in your toaster?
Teacher: yeah
IT Guy: then I think you can handle this

A kid did something to my computer?

Teacher: IT Guy, I really need your help.  I’m freaking out.

IT Guy: What’s the matter?

Teacher: A kid did something to my computer and now it won’t turn on.

IT Guy: Oh Yeah

Teacher:  I don’t need any of your smart talk.  I tried to fix it and there is something seriously wrong. Can you come down here and not make any rude remarks?

IT Guy: I guess I can try.

Teacher: Hurry!

(arrive 12.8 seconds later)

IT Guy: Despite the deviant kids best efforts I think I have restored your computer.

Teacher: What did you do?

IT Guy: I pushed the power button on the monitor

Teacher: Are your serious? You are going to put this on your blog aren’t you?

IT Guy: As soon as I get back to my office.

Storage Bin

IT : phone rings* IT this is….

College staff: Someone deleted my trash folder in my email

IT: Yes trashed gets purged every 30days

College staff: But I store my files in there ?!

Another Example of the Power of Need

Another example of a teacher deploying the Power of Need:

Teacher: Do you know if the summer school gradebooks and class pages will be available soon?

IT Guy: I can’t upload those until the schedule for next year is complete.  I will send them out as soon as I can.

Teacher: When will that be?

IT Guy: Not sure.  Ask the schedule person.

Teacher: Ok.  But I really NEED to work on those class pages

IT Guy: Gotcha.  Ask the scheduling person. I can’t do it till they are finished.

Teacher: Ok. But do you think the schedule will be done soon.

IT Guy:  I have no idea.  Ask the scheduling person.

Teacher: I will but I just really NEED to get a head start.  Let me tell you why….

IT Guy: No.  Don’t tell me why….it is entirely moot.  I can not do anything until the schedule is done.  The amount of NEED is entirely irrelevant. We have gone over this three times.

Teacher:  But you don’t understand.  Let me tell you why I NEED them.

IT Guy:  NO!  It has no bearing on you getting them.  At this moment the options are not having classes next year or you having your stupid class pages three weeks in advance so you can add ridiculous animated pictures of Einstein blowing himself up.  Essentially, we would destroy our school to save you the 2.4 minutes it takes to add those stupid animations.  Try medication instead.