Continuing my rant from yesterday I had a student in class this morning answer their cell phone during my lecture. Normally they take the call outside or quickly turn off their ringer, but this lady chose to keep talking.
For those stubborn few I can generally stop the class (a tip I picked up from Ben) and they get the point and quickly end their conversation. This morning I was not so lucky and I had to take a slightly more aggressive approach.
“Excuse me, but if that call is important you’re welcome to take it outside.”
“Well this IS an important call – THANK YOU.” (the lady goes back into her phone conversation)
“Hey, don’t thank me. Thank everyone else who’s sitting here politely while you interrupt the class.”
I don’t think I’ll be making it on her favorite instructor list, but she did get off the phone.