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 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.
The scene: After trying to get online for 5 minutes a student realizes the machine is unplugged from the network. The student then hands the unplugged end of the network cord to the teacher. After examining it for 30 seconds or so the teacher shouts across the room."Hey IT Guy, do you think this has something to do with the problem"
Teacher: “IT Guy, I can’t login…..why did you change my password?”
IT Guy: “Why would I change your password?”
Teacher: (Read with a smug voice) “I don’t know IT Guy you tell me?” then laugh like an uncomfortable nerd….
IT Guy: “Let me rephrase….I didn’t change your password”
Teacher: “You must have….I always use the same one”
IT Guy: “Actually, I almost never randomly change passwords. It actually creates more work for me not to mention annoying conversations like this. Why don’t I reset it for you. Can you type it in here”
Teacher: Ok……what did I use last year. I can’t remember”