Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Love those D'oh Moments

Teaching may not pay as well as industry jobs, but nothing beats this profession for the mirth and merriment. Just make sure you know how to enjoy it.

Case in point: in our operating systems laboratory class this morning, a student asked me for help concerning a point that confused him. Conversation follows.

"Sir, is there also an index.php file inside the wordpress directory?"

"Well, gee, what do you think?"

"Uh...I think there is?"

"Are you sure? Why don't you tell me."

" there isn't?"

"I didn't say that. I said: you tell me if there's an index.php file inside the wordpress directory. How do you find out?"

At that, he stared blankly at me. I pointed to the bag on his desk.

"Look. Is there a notebook in your bag?"


"Prove it to me."

"I know because I put it there."

"Prove it to me. Show me. How are you going to show me that you have a notebook in your bag?"

After several moments, even his seatmate got exasperated with him. "Open the bag and show him that you have a notebook!" she said.

And finally, the faint glimmer of realization: " I go into the directory and check if it has index.php?"

Ah, kids....