We had presentations today in BA 4196, goody. The teacher spent the session staring at us unhappily and I spent the session looking quizzically at poorly wrought PowerPoint presentations. At then end, the group answered a question really poorly and the teach popped. While I hate it while it happens I love it after the fact when a teacher blows up. In particular I like two speeches:
1) My generation is superior to you generation
2) You’re undervaluing this useless and valueless material
There’s also the “Your ethnicity is inferior to mine” speech but that can only be implied and generally comes from grizzled Soviet bloc mathematicians. This professor wins the award for being the first instructor to give both in one semester! He beats out my stat professor who did both but over two semesters. He even walked out angrily two minutes before the regular end time of the class.
Later, I got my test back in Act Sci 3505 and there was a rare instance where I bit my tongue. I had been out the previous week and after reviewing the test angrily told a classmate that the 2 points I received off for failing to explain an answer properly robbing me of a 90. He said he’d lost 30 points for similar things and was unsuccessful arguing it. His grade was a 50 while the class averages was 48. Whew…