Why do grown men and women?

  1. i dont understand why grown men and women act like idiots in my class. we are there to learn and to become nurses. there are grown men and women in my class that act a fool. they talk and laugh when the instructor is teaching. its a mess and it takes away from the people who are trying to learn.

    it is so frustrating!!! i dont know why the instructor dont put them out of the program. i paid my money i want to learn. the people who are fooling around must have their job remimbursement. has anyone else experience this type of problem???
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  3. by   Katnip
    Yes, frequently. I have turned in class and asked people who were making too much noise to please be quiet, since I'd like to hear what's being said. They will usually quiet down for a bit, even though it made me unpopular.

    Unfortunately, their behavior has to do with immaturity, and you can't change it.
  4. by   LeesieBug
    I have had this problem myself. In Micro this past semester we had a group of four, forty-something women who refused to be quiet. I kept waiting for the instructor to tell them that if they did not want to be there they could leave, but it never happened. She did finally begin to tell them to be quiet the LAST week of class!
    Several of us in the class had asked them, nicely, to please be quiet, but after a minute or two they would just be right back to it.

    What was even more aggravating was listening to them complain about their poor grades on the tests. They would actually argue with the instructor over why they thought a wrong answer was actually correct!

    I think if I have this problem in the future I will speak to the instructor personally and let him/her know that there is a problem. Maybe some teachers need a little encouragement to get up the nerve to tell people to SHUT UP!
  5. by   kats
    The nursing schools I am applying to requires either music, art, or film appreciation. I am just now finishing music appreciation which is definately something where to you need to listen. Fortunately, I always sit in the front row of the class to make sure I am not distracted too much by talking people. The people in this class would get really out of control though. They wouldn't even try to talk quietly. I kept wishing my teacher would say something too. One of the problem people is a teenager who actually even showed up twice in a row 10 minutes before class ended. I mean what is that about? Is the teacher supposed to be relieved that he could finally grace us with his presence. I swear if looks could kill, he would have been definately dead that second time. I would think he would have the common sense to know that if he was going to be that late, he shouldn't show up at all. I am the kind of person who is always at least 15 minutes early to class. I guess you can tell this is a bit of a pet peeve of mine. It's too bad that this stuff has to continue even at nursing school. I would think that those people would have somehow been weeded out first.
  6. by   ggfifirn05
    This has always been a pet peeve of mine, even back in high school. I really enjoy learning, and since these classes are for my CAREER, which is going to pay my bills, I want to "get my money's worth." If my teachers don't intervene, I usually say something myself. Of course, I'm a "non-traditional" student that went back to school at age 45, so most of the younger ones I've had to say something to just think I'm an old biddy, but frankly, their opinion of me is not important...learning the material and getting good grades is!

    If you encounter this problem again, I would nip it in the bud, and say something to the "talker(s)" and if that doesn't work, say something to the teacher. Good luck!
  7. by   Angella Walker
    I know what you mean.

    I can remember last semester in Micro. I always sit in the second row. We were in a lecture hall (seated about 200) and these 3 girls always sat behind me. It was bad enough that the class was at 8 am. These 18-something girls would sit and talk about their dates, who likes who and everything under the sun...loudly. The instructor even called them on it a couple of times.
  8. by   Diana in Sweden
    originally posted by born2banurse
    i dont understand why grown men and women act like idiots in my class. we are there to learn and to become nurses. there are grown men and women in my class that act a fool. they talk and laugh when the instructor is teaching. its a mess and it takes away from the people who are trying to learn.

    it is so frustrating!!! i dont know why the instructor dont put them out of the program. i paid my money i want to learn. the people who are fooling around must have their job remimbursement. has anyone else experience this type of problem???
    i get this too ... people braiding each others hair, sending messages on mobiles, and filing their nails .. chatting all the time .. it really steams me ... grrrrrrr...
    and then they want to borrow my notes .. i think not!!

    we are a small group that are serious about school but these twits are really messing it up for us ..
    oh that felt so good to say :kiss :
  9. by   memphispanda
    We had people like that in my second semester of nursing classes. The majority of them have since failed. They were SO rude. The instructors would ask them to be quiet, stop lecture and ask if they had something to add, etc. They would quiet down for a few minutes, snicker like they thought it was just so stupid that someone would ask them to be quiet, and then slowly go right back to the same level of noise.

    Another thing that bothers me--those darn binder 3 hole punches. People use them in class every time we get a handout. For maybe 10 minutes after things are handed out (lecture proceeds you know) you hear rustling papers and pop pop pop while people punch holes. A N N O Y I N G ! ! !
  10. by   maire
    I had a micro instructor that would make you write a 5-page term paper if your cell phone went off in class. She made one student actually write a letter of apology to her and to the rest of the class for sleeping, getting up to use the bathroom, etc. during lecture time! Needless to say he sat still and quiet for the rest of the semester.


    I agree, though...it's really frustrating when you are trying to listen and get distracted by phones going off, people chatting, folks passing notes back and forth, etc. Makes you wonder how they do on the quizzes and exams.
  11. by   PennyLane
    Originally posted by LeesieBug
    I think if I have this problem in the future I will speak to the instructor personally and let him/her know that there is a problem. Maybe some teachers need a little encouragement to get up the nerve to tell people to SHUT UP!
    This worked well in my A&P II class. The back 2 rows are always full, and the people up there talk a lot. Some other students were constantly asking them to be quiet. I guess a few of them contacted the teacher and complained, because she started making announcements that people told her they couldn't hear, etc. It worked pretty well.

    Now my lab last semester, that was another story. We had a group of young-ish girls (18-20) who were SO rude to the instructor. Made fun of him, told him he was wasting their time, talking back, etc. It was so awful and I felt really bad for this guy. It was his first time teaching there, and he has a thick accent (he's from Africa-I forget which country). He never got a handle on them. Not surprisingly, none of them seem to have made it on to A&P II this semester!
  12. by   LauraLou
    I had the same problem in A&P. There was a group of four men who always sat together and talked to each other in what I guess was Arabic or Hindi.

    Several times people in the class asked them to be quiet, but they would start up again after a few minutes. They also used to talk to each other during the lab practical. As no one could understand what they were saying, I imagine they were sharing answers.

    It was very annoying and made me mad that they were probably cheating, but the instructor never made them stop.
  13. by   PennyLane
    Originally posted by LauraLou
    They also used to talk to each other during the lab practical. As no one could understand what they were saying, I imagine they were sharing answers.

    It was very annoying and made me mad that they were probably cheating, but the instructor never made them stop.
    That is totally unacceptable. I would have complained to my instructor, and if necessary, the department head. NO ONE should ever talk during an exam, for ANY reason, other than to ask the instructor a question. Boy, just hearing about that makes my blood boil.
  14. by   sbic56
    I'm slightly embarrassed to admit that I was one of those students. My ex and I went through the RN upgrade program together and when we became bored we were apt to joke around with each other a bit. No excuses, but we really didn't see it as bothering our classmates, but in retrospect, I am sure it did. If any of our classsmates would have called us on it, we surely would have stopped. As they say, hindsight is 20/20.

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