Category: Extra Stupid

X-tra Stupid

| Madison, WI, USA | Extra Stupid, Students, Technology

(While finishing my Master’s in 2009, I am volunteering at an academic conference. My job is to make sure organize the presenters’ files, and to run our audio recording software that syncs with PowerPoint. It is the lunch break.)

Me: “Hello, everybody. I’m sorry but we are having a problem with our recording software. It doesn’t work with the newer PPTX format so could you please convert your slides into PPT and re-submit them? Thank you.”

(Shortly afterward, another student comes up to me.)

Student: “I was trying to convert my PowerPoint into PPT like you said, so I deleted the X at the end of the filename, but now it won’t open at all.”

It Cures Everything

| USA | Extra Stupid, Health & Body, Staff

(I go to the nurse’s office.)

Me: “I have a headache.”

Nurse: *gives me a band aid*

Socked For Misbehavior

| Tolleson, AZ, USA | Criminal/Illegal, Extra Stupid

(I teach seventh-graders in a pretty rough area of town known for gangs, drug deals, and all the other problems associated with them. A student walks in with a bulging sock but walks normally.)

Me: “Hey there, bud. Did you hurt yourself this morning? That ankle looks pretty swollen.”

Student: “Nah, miss! I got a new stash this morning! Look!”

(The student proceeds to take out several contraband items, including a condom, switchblade, drugs, and pipes, displaying them proudly on my desk.)

Me: “Um, you know I have to call the office now, right?”

Student: “Yeah. It’s okay, though, because we’re cool.”

(There is definitely a benefit to establishing good relationships with students but this one took the cake!)

Not On Fine Form

| San Diego, CA, USA | Extra Stupid, Students

(I send an email to a student.)

Me: “Okay, just submit the attached form and we’ll take care of that for you.”

(Five minutes later:)

Me: “Sorry, I wasn’t clearer. Please fill out the form and submit it.”

(The student had downloaded the blank form, attached it to an email, and sent it right back to me!)

Something About The Situation Is Off

| USA | Extra Stupid, Teachers, Technology

(I am fixing a computer a teacher is having problems with and because of this she cannot pull up a slideshow for her class.)

Me: “All right, ma’am, what seems to be the problem?”

Teacher: “This computer won’t work, and I need it to teach!”

Me: “I’ll see what I can do.”

Teacher: “Good luck. No one else can fix it. I think it has something to do with the Internet.”

(I look at the computer and the monitor is off. After I turn it on and the screen is still black, the Teacher has a smug look on her face.)

Teacher: “See? I told you!”

Me: “Let me look at the actual computer.”

(I look at the tower, and surprise surprise, it is off. I turn it on, and the computer successfully starts up and connects to the internet.)

Teacher: “Oh. I could have done that.”

Me: “I’m sure you could have.”

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