Have you ever felt like you were teaching in the Twilight Zone? (Or the Bizarro World, for you Superman fans.) TechRepublic passport member Buz Lamson submitted this story:
â€œI was teaching a Lotus 1-2-3 class. I often would say, â€˜Press the arrow to the right to select the range menu, and press enter.â€™ I wanted them to see that the next menu was displayed under the current menu as they moved the arrow key. I realized one day that almost every time I said 'arrow right,' most of the students pressed the Left arrow key. After several times I was finding it hard to get the group to the same menu. I then decided to just say the opposite of what I wanted. So, if I needed them to move to the right, I said, 'Press the arrow left to format.' Believe it or not, it worked. Now these were not childrenâ€”they were adults. I guess that says a lot about our public school system.â€?
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