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?
IT Guy: then I think you can handle this
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.
Student submitted: So my step-mom was a teacher of middle school history, and one day, I was watching tv and I heard my stepsister ask “Mom? A third of a cup and a third of a cup make two thirds of a cup, right?” by the way, she was 20 at the time and a straight A student. To this, my stepmom replies “Haha, don’t be silly, it makes one ninth” I held in my laughter as best I could
This is not actually a teacher story but it is from a school. A secretary shared this parent interaction with me this morning.
Parent: Hi, Secretary my son is sending me texts from the bathroom.
Secretary: Ok, what do you want me to do? Take his phone away?
Parent: Well, no……he has diarhea.
Secretary: Ok……..that is too bad. What would you like me to do?
Parent: I would like you to tell him to come home.
Secretary: I can’t go in the boys bathroom.
Parent: Oh yeah, I will text him and tell him to come see you
Secretary: Ok, please ask him to wash his hands. Thanks.
Teacher submitted Story:While I empathize with the trials of an IT support person to handle the idiocies of faculty from the other side of the digital divide, I must say it is not just teachers who posses the unique power to test the patience of those of us who happen to know where the power button is located. Without further ado, my best “I fear for the future” stories:
1. Student: “Why do we have to double space? It looks hella bad.”
Me: Why are you putting two spaces between each word?
2. Student: (very seriously)what kind of car did Shakespeare drive? (she was 15)
3. Student: My links in PowerPoint won’t click.
Me: Did you remember to press -enter- after?
4. Upon working in a classroom next to a cell phone jammer, the kids freaked out:
Kid: (bangs cell phone against desk)
Other kid:is this a terrorist attack.
So teachers+ kids= 🙁
……and the teachers are on the board.
Students 2 – Teachers-1