Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Speedy Titular Rant

Dear "Student"

     You are in a gigantic open lab where six classes are meeting simultaneously.  Stop shouting out "Professor" every time you have a question; you're driving five of us crazy.



  1. Me, too. The other problem, at least for me, is that I don't have the same instinctive reaction to the word "professor" alone as to my first or last name, alone or in combination with a title. Even in a single-instructor classroom, I don't always answer to "professor" when there's other conversation going on (e.g. when students are doing group work), because I simply don't pick it out as a sound to which I should pay attention. I think we learn fairly early on, well before we have titles, to notice our own names even in a crowded soundscape, so using a name is a more effective way to get someone's attention.

    On the other hand, if all six professors in Wombat's lab are noticing and looking up, maybe I'm not typical.

  2. Anytime I see a "student" behaving in a way that annoys the other students just as much as it annoys me, I remember the "blanket party" scene in "Full Metal Jacket." Here it is:


    You have to admit, even this is better than stapling his dick to the floor. (TWITCH! TWITCH!)


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