William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Monday, 29, September, 2008

Points of Information

Filed under: Teaching — williamthecoroner @ 18:16

When the professor is sitting in his office, with the door closed, and there’s another person in there wearing a suit and a name-tag and holding lots of promotional materials from the college?  That’s NOT a good time to get another faculty member to open the door and see if he’s in there.  You have a 1430 appointment for getting a tutor you say?  Come at 1430.

I will post the grades as soon as I run the sheets through the scantron.  Two of your fellow distance learners have not sent their tests back, and I can’t tell you what the scores or the curves are until they do so.  Twenty-five phone calls to my office won’t hurry things along, either.

There are graduate and undergraduate classes in this building as well as medical classes.  Rooms are booked in advance, sometimes for months.  If you leave your stuff in my classroom, you cannot get to it until class ends.  It will only be an hour.  And I want to point out that you are an IDIOT for leaving your cell phone in my classroom where it can ring.  Next time you do that, I’m calling the weather and date phone line.  In Tokyo.

That is all.


  1. Teaching high school students, I have a different list….

    It’s probably a BAD idea to talk about ‘beating up’ another student in front of me, then tell me I can’t do anything about it because you didn’t use a name. Have a nice suspension.

    It’s probably a BAD idea to use YOUR cell number on all your contact information, figuring I would never twig to it. Your Dad and I had a really good talk this morning while he was at work, and he’ll be having a really good talk at you tonight when you get home. It’s not nice to lie to Mr. Carteach0.

    Oh… and on the subject of cell phones….. learn how to turn it to silent. I WILL call it in the middle of a theory lesson just to watch your face as your pocket rings in that ‘special’ ring I am not supposed to be able to hear because I’m older now. Good luck with that, sparky.

    Thanks for the space to vent…. (g)

    Comment by Carteach0 — Monday, 29, September, 2008 @ 19:04 | Reply

  2. You grade on a curve? Never did believe in that. An A is an A, work for it, study harder.
    As for the rude behavior, it’s kind of like stupidity, there is no known cure yet.

    Comment by Easily Lost — Monday, 29, September, 2008 @ 19:53 | Reply

  3. Did another medical student walk in on class again (like last year)? Or was this a generic “don’t walk in on another class to get your stuff” point?

    As for stupidity, I hear they might be coming out with a treatment soon… you go to this place, they put in an IV, and they remove the blood (only about a pint at a time) containing the “stupid” which leaves only the “smart” blood. *wink, wink* [Hey, maybe I just came up with an ad campaign for the Red Cross’ blood banks!]

    Comment by mholzmann — Monday, 29, September, 2008 @ 20:44 | Reply

  4. Hey, I’ve even had a student want into class when I was in the middle of a lecture to hand me work that was due the day before, in a different class! The dimwit then proceeded to try to ask me questions. He acted hurt when I told him to go away and come back after I was done teaching.

    Comment by Astroprof — Tuesday, 30, September, 2008 @ 10:01 | Reply

  5. Sounds reasonable to me, Doctor Z. Most everywhere else, one has to wait in line or on hold for customer service. Mislaid cell phones disappear forever in the cruel world. And interrupting meetings can get one fired–or shot in the wrong part of town.

    You’re very kind in comparison. You might step up to tasering all who transgress. I would, particularly if disturbed before morning coffee. 😉

    Comment by Somerled — Tuesday, 30, September, 2008 @ 18:12 | Reply

  6. We just lock the door- If you’re late, you’re screwed… AND you don’t get interrupted. OF course I’m not a teacher, don’t play one, etc…

    Comment by Old NFO — Tuesday, 30, September, 2008 @ 19:48 | Reply

  7. In high school, some teachers confiscate cell phones for a week if they ring during class. Most parents are understanding and supportive, but a few entitle-istas are not.

    Do you confiscate cell phones? Or just deduct 10 points each time it rings audibly?

    Comment by CR — Tuesday, 28, October, 2008 @ 13:08 | Reply

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