Category: Ignoring/Inattentive

Do You C What I C

| USA | Ignoring/Inattentive, Math & Science, Teachers, Travel

(This all happens in one math class. Most of the students are away on a field trip and there is a very relaxed atmosphere. One student stands in the back of the classroom bouncing a badminton shuttlecock on a racket.)

Student #1: “This is [Name]. He’s on exchange from Denmark and he’s going to all of my classes this week. This is his first day at [School].”

Several Students: “Hi!”

Teacher: “Today I’m going to be introducing vectors.”

(She explains what vectors are and then starts showing us a proof of something but she makes mistakes so it takes a long time and we get confused. In the meantime, the student in the back loses control of the shuttlecock and it very narrowly misses the exchange student’s head. She apologises, retrieves the shuttlecock, and keeps going.)

Teacher: *still writing out the proof* “So then we simplify that and get C equals…”

(She pauses, looking confused.)

Student #1: “C equals C. We did all that and just proved C equals C.”

Teacher: “No. That’s shouldn’t be right.”

Other Students: “We proved C equals C! We didn’t prove anything!”

(We laugh uncontrollably.)

Teacher: “Well, anyway…”

(She abandons the proof and moves onto other topics.)

Teacher: “These vectors are parallel. These vectors are orthogonal. That’s just another word for perpendicular. Let’s look at an example. Can someone tell me what the relationship between these two vectors is?”

Student #2: “There’re orthodontal vectors.”

Teacher: “That’s right, but the word is orthogonal. Now just so there’s no confusion for our exchange student orthogonal means parallel but orthodontal has to do with getting braces.”

(She draws a pair of orthogonal vectors and a set of teeth on the whiteboard and labels them appropriately. This is the first and only thing she explains clearly in the entire lesson. We are all laughing. The exchange student sat silently for the entire 90-minute lesson and probably had a terrible first impression of American education.)

How Do You Say “I Don’t Speak French” In German?

| UK | Ignoring/Inattentive, Teachers

(I have just started year nine of high school, prior to which we all chose what subjects we wanted to take for the last three years. I select German as my language, but somehow end up in the class with the French teacher I was trying to avoid. She is extremely stern and well known for refusing to listen to students. It should also be noted I’m well known for being impertinent and having a short temper.)

Teacher: *starts waffling about French class*

Me: *raising hand* “Um, excuse me, miss, I th—“

Teacher: *cutting me off* “No! You will not speak until I call on you!”

Me: “Okay, but—“

Teacher: *cutting me off again* “—be silent!”

(At this point I realise she isn’t going to listen so I shrug, put my hand down, and wait. Everyone else is taking notes or has their French books out; I don’t because obviously my book is German. After thirty minutes she finally stops speaking and asks if we have any questions, so I raise my hand.)

Teacher: “What is it now?!”

Me: “Miss, I was trying to tell you my timetable put me in the wrong class, I’m meant to be in German not French.”

Teacher: “Why didn’t you say so?!”

Me: “I tried; you cut me off and told me to be silent.”

(The class giggles.)

Teacher: “You shouldn’t be here!”

Me: “I know. That’s what I was trying to tell you.”

(She got very flustered, found out where I was supposed to go, and sent me on my way, though by now there were only 15 minutes left of my German class. I spent all of it regaling the group about my wasted period, and my German teacher was a very lovely woman who thought it was hilarious.)

Jou Know Jour Name

| Denmark | Ignoring/Inattentive, Language & Words, Teachers

(I am getting ready for an exam in the studies of children’s development with an old teacher who is not very liked by everyone. She refuses to use a microphone during her lessons or listen to anything her students say. It is common knowledge that I have grown up in the States. During the whole period of getting ready for my exams, I start to notice she’s spelling my name in the American way with a ‘y’ instead of a ‘j’ though it’s pronounced the same. This is kind of important as the exams has a third party member called a sensor who isn’t from the school and can fail me for ‘not appearing to the exam’.)

Me: “Umm, [Teacher], you’ve spelled my name wrong. It’s with a ‘j’ not a ‘y’.”

Teacher: “No, it’s not. I know how to spell it. This is the American way.”

Me: “But I’m not American, [Teacher]. It’s a classic Danish name. And I think I’d know how to spell my own name. It’s with a ‘j’.”

(She makes a dismissive move of her hand and tells me we need to focus on my exams instead. This keeps up for about two months where I’m slowly getting irritated that she’s not listening. When the exam finally comes around I met up to the appointed time and meet with my teacher and sensor. I greet them both before my sensor looks confused at my exam paper and then at me.)

Sensor: “Are you sure it’s your exam’s time? According to the schedule it’s [My Name] with a ‘y’.”

Teacher: “She probably spelled it wrong on her paper. This is the [My Name].”

(At this point of time I’m extremely irritated by my teacher and even my sensor is looking disbelievingly at her. I explain again that it’s with a ‘j’ and let it lie until I’m done with the exams, which I thankfully pass.)

Teacher: “Why did you correct me about your name before?:

(Considering I had my grade now and would never have her again, I called her an idiot to her face and explained she’s the only person I’ve met in Denmark who’s made the mistake. EVER.)

It’s Time To Face The Music… Eventually

| Australia | Ignoring/Inattentive, Lazy/Unhelpful, Students

(My university accommodation has a music room with a piano. In order to use it, students just have to exchange their ID for a key at the reception desk. One day there was only one employee at the desk so I got in line behind three students. The first student did something complicated that took several minutes. I knew I could ask the receptionist for the key while the student was filling out forms and so on but I didn’t want to cut the line. When the next student began something equally complicated, I turned to the student directly in front of me.)

Me: “Is what you’re here for going to be quick?”

Other Student: “No, It’ll take several minutes.”

Me: “I just need the key to the music room. Could I go in front of you?”

Other Student: “No, I have a lecture starting in fifteen minutes.”

Me: “It’ll only take a few seconds. I literally just have to hand her my student ID.”

Other Student: “No, I’m really in a hurry.”

An Undocumented Case Of Stupidity

| USA | Ignoring/Inattentive, Students, Technology

(I work the front desk at my university’s library. I often help students print from our large touch screen printer.)

Student: “Excuse me, can you help me print?”

Me: “Sure! Which computer are you printing from?”

Student: “One.”

(I walk him over to the printer and show him how to access the printing queue from computer one. There are roughly fifteen documents that pop up.)

Me: “Okay, which documents are yours?”

Student: “All of them!”

Me: “Okay.”

(I’ve never had a student print so many documents at once, but I figure it’s an end of semester project or something. I put in his print card, select all of the documents, and hit print.)

Student: *grabbing the pages being printed* “These aren’t mine!”

Me: “…”

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