Daily Prompt: She Drives Me Crazy
It makes me crazy when people wear their shoes in my house. What habit/act drives you crazy? How do you prevent it from happening?
“Why?” — one of my biggest pet peeves
I don’t mind questions. I don’t even mind someone asking why something is the way it is.
What I hate is when someone uses “Why?” like a toddler.
This happens in class every term. There is always one student who continues to ask why no matter how many explanations that I give. A student like this can derail a class for the whole term. It is a challenge. A declaration of war. The start to a rebellion.
It starts generally with a format issue or required method for a particular math topic. The students see these requirements as just another anal, rigid rule that teachers devise to be mean. I make it a point to really explain exactly why these formats/methods are important and correct. Most students appreciate the explanations and never challenge it. The continual “why?” always comes from the student who wants to do less work. The problem with less work, especially in lower math classes, is that skipping steps and poor format cause students to also get the wrong answers.
So after I have exhausted my explanations and wasted enough class time, I end with, “Because I said so!”
I hated it when my parents said it, but it definitely ends the conversation.
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