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 ?!
Of my many pet peeves pertaining to teachers “Fix it yet?” is among the top. Teachers need constant updates on the status of computer repairs. You would think the mere fact that I am sitting in their classroom would suggest the issue is not corrected but regardless they pepper me with questions in regular intervals. For example, the following is a pretty standard “Fix it yet?” interaction.
Teacher: Hey, IT Guy……..my computer is broken.
IT Guy: Shocking
Teacher: Do you know what’s wrong with it
Teacher: I’ve been trying for the last 15 minutes to get Microsoft Access to accept a date and it won’t do it.
I think this story is pretty funny. Most rooms in our school have the same brand of DVD players. Apparently a few of the kids figured this out and swiped remotes from other classrooms. When a sub went to show a DVD the kids would let it run for a minute then fast forward it. When the teacher would get up to fix it the kids would let it play. As the teacher would begin to walk away the kids would fast forward it again. This went on for about 20 minutes alternating between the kids fast forwarding the DVD and turning it off entirely. Giving in to a teacher’s natural urge to ask for help the teacher enlisted the help of the two kids with the remotes. Shockingly, they couldn’t pinpoint the issue and the problem persisted until the teacher gave in and granted a free period,
Kids 1 – Teachers 0
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Office Worker: Do you know if this kid’s grade is right?
IT Guy: How would I know his grade? I am not his teacher
Office Worker: Just tell me his grade
IT Guy: How the hell would I know his grade?
Office Worker: Well you do the grades don’t you.
IT Guy: Yes, I do. What I don’t do is memorize the 6,300 grades that pass through my computer. I understand you are very impressed with my ability to sort things in Excel but that does not make me the freaking Rain Man
Office Worker: So how do I find his grade if you don’t know it?
IT Guy: ASK HIS TEACHER!!!!!!!!!!
Office Worker: Fine, I’ll try it.