She actually said it! Yay for my instructor!

  1. The other day my instructor asked us to anonymously answer some questions about the class. A few days later she opens class with, "It has come to my attention that there have been many off topic questions that I have entertained during lecture and stories from your fellow classmates that I have allowed to go on too long. Should these things come up in the future, I will ask that the individual come talk to me about it during break."

    During the lecture that day she cut off some of the worst offenders with. "Great question! lets talk about it on break. Moving on..."

    After wasting hours of my life hearing about their extended family members, it is over. Sorry if this post is silly, but i am extatic.
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  3. by   ktwlpn
    Quote from grownuprosie
    The other day my instructor asked us to anonymously answer some questions about the class. A few days later she opens class with, "It has come to my attention that there have been many off topic questions that I have entertained during lecture and stories from your fellow classmates that I have allowed to go on too long. Should these things come up in the future, I will ask that the individual come talk to me about it during break."
    During the lecture that day she cut off some of the worst offenders with. "Great question! lets talk about it on break. Moving on..."
    After wasting hours of my life hearing about their extended family members, it is over. Sorry if this post is silly, but i am extatic.
    I wish that approach would be carried over into real life because those people are everywhere! I work with several.I am going to start saying 'Off topic-off topic" everywhere I go...You can't get through report, a class or even sit at the nurses station to complete your documentation without having to listen to some inane L-O-N-G story about "who gives a crap"
  4. by   Merced
    What a great idea your instructor had! I am going to consider doing the very same thing next class I teach.
  5. by   grownuprosie
    Quote from Merced
    What a great idea your instructor had! I am going to consider doing the very same thing next class I teach.
    I know that the class appreciated having a voice. I hope your students appreciate it as much as I do!
  6. by   somedaypeds
    We had a person in my LPN class who was famous for asking stupid questions (yes, there is a such a thing) and for telling insane stories about all her family members who were the most diseased family I had ever heard of. I wish my instructors had used this approach.

    Not a silly post.
  7. by   LindaB73
    That would have been fantastic for all the times I heard "One time my neighbor..........." Ugh.
  8. by   ProfRN4
    Quote from Merced
    What a great idea your instructor had! I am going to consider doing the very same thing next class I teach.
    I love this idea! I plan to implement this rule on day 1
  9. by   Quark09
    Oooooh I remember that from nursing school. We had a chick in there who had had every single condition we ever studied, and if she didn't have it, her kids, her husband, or her BFF did, and the nursing care she/they received was JUST HORRIBLE and "THAT'S WHY I JUST HAD TO BECOME A NURSE."

    If we would have started a drinking game that entailed taking a shot every time she said "Well this one time..." we'd have left lecture soused, every time.
  10. by   Ahhphoey
    Wow, great idea! Nice that your instructors actually followed through with discouraging those long, drawn out stories about someones mom's-cousin's-next door neigbors-best friend from grade school! I too wish we could apply this to real life more often.
  11. by   sharpeimom
    my husband loved one student evaluation he received so much that he had it framed.

    1. he doesn't go off on tangents.
    2. he doesn't let students redirect the class.
    3. he answers long detailed questions after class.
    4. he doesn't jiggle his pocket change and ... uh ... other stuff while he lectures.
  12. by   NCRNMDM
    I had a person in my class argue with an instructor about a test question last semester. The question read, "you hang a 1000 ml bag of IV fluid at 0800, and it is supposed to run in at 75 ml/hr. Upon checking vitals at 1200, you notice that only 350 ml of fluid remains in the IV bag. What is the first action you should take?" Of course, the answer was stop the IV fluid immediately. This person argued with my instructor for a good 20 minutes, and insisted that stopping the IV fluid without an MD's order was practicing medicine without a license. Fed up, and not sure of what else to say, my instructor threw her hands up in the air and said this: "let me make this as clear as I possibly can for you, since you obviously think that my 30 plus years of experience and doctorate degree in nursing aren't enough. Let's say you had a patient who couldn't swim and they fell into a pool. After they fall in, you see that the patient is drowning, and you know that saving them is as easy as pulling them out of the water. Are you going to call the physician to see if you can get an order to pull your drowning patient out of the water? No, I didn't think so, because that is absolutely ridiculous. Now, I am done discussing this; you chose the wrong answer, move on." Needless to say, this student didn't ask any more stupid questions for the rest of the semester.
  13. by   Wonderlost
    God I wish all my teachers would do that
    I understand that people want to get their two cents in on things, but honestly, I do not pay to go to nursing school to listen to their sob stories about how so and so died from whatever disease...
  14. by   sharpeimom
    the ones who drive my husband nuts are the ones who ask after he cites a fact, gives necessary info, or whatever, will ask, "yes, can you prove that somehow?" or "how do i know that's really true?" or "but my high school teacher said____."

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