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.

Lunch Time Door Game

I believe that teachers absolutely can not stand the sight of a closed door.  I’m not sure if they feel like they can go anywhere they want because they are a teacher or if it’s a genuine sickness but I have learned to enjoy the phenomenom.  My favorite is when I don’t answer the knocks, a teacher busts in the door and when I ask them if they need help they say “no, I’m all set”. These instances led me to create the Lunch Time Door Game.

Rules:

  1. Close the door to your office – preferably while eating lunch
  2. Do not answer any knocks
  3. See how many people open the door despite not being invited

Scoring:
Points are awarded based on the reason for entry and how many knocks.

  1. Legit IT emergency – No points becaue you are being a jerk
  2. Copy Machine issue – 5 points
  3. Petty IT issue – 7 points
  4. Anything that could wait till next week – 10 points
  5. No reason to open door – the golden goose of the Lunch Time Door Game – 25 points

Knock bonus points::
Add one point for each knock before entering

 

My best day was 3 entries:

  • 1 Copy Machine issue (5 points)
  • 1 Petty IT Issue ( 7 points)
  • A No Reason! ( 25 points)

The copy machine and petty IT issue were 0 knocks but the No Reason was 4 knocks!

High Score: 41 points.

 

Will our new webpage work?

Teacher: Hi, I just wanted to check that our new group web page will work

IT Guy: What do you mean work?

Teacher: On the system?

IT Guy: The system?

Teacher: Yeah, our new web page

IT Guy: What are we talking about?

Teacher: I want to know if our webpage will work at school?

IT Guy: Are you asking me if you can view a webpage at school?

Teacher: yes…..our new one.

IT Guy: Yes.  We have internet access.

Teacher: Great!

Following Directions

The Directions

If a student is exempt from the Final Exam leave the two astericks in the cell and the exam will not be calcualated into their Final Grade

Teacher: Ok, my grades are in

IT Guy: Congratulations

Teacher: I think I did them all right

IT Guy: You are so kind

Teacher: Is it OK that I put an X in the Final Exam column for exempt students?

IT Guy: No, you are suppose to leave the astericks. Did you see the directions?

Teacher: Yeah.  But I like the X’s

IT Guy: Are you serious?

Teacher: Why can’t I put an X?

IT Guy: I have no idea, that is how the software was made.  Why does it matter?

Teacher: I like X. It means exempt.

IT Guy: Actually it means the kid got an X on his Final Exam.  Additionally, why does X mean exempt?  Why not EX?

Teacher: X is faster.

IT Guy: It sure is.  You are genius!

Teacher: So should I change it back?  Or should we just see it works?

IT Guy: Unless you want to explain to the parents why their Final Grades are algebraic expressions please follow the directions without editing them for efficiency and/or stupidity.

This little piggy broke my computer?

Teacher: Help, Help, Help!  My grades were do 2 hours ago and I can’t turn my computer on.

IT Guy: Explain

Teacher: I keep getting this message:  Attempting to boot from USB device

IT Guy: Do you have a Flash drive in your computer

Teacher: Not that I can see

IT Guy: Did you look?

Teacher: Will you just come down????

IT Guy: Sure

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Teacher: See…it won’t boot

IT Guy: I thought you checked for a Flash drives

Teacher: I did

IT Guy: Then what is this….?

Teacher: Oh, that’s my pig

IT Guy: IT’S A FLASH DRIVE!

Teacher: Oh, yeah.  I must have missed it

IT Guy: Yeah……lots of things on the computer look like little pig heads.