(Evaluator, who stressed the necessity of using all available class time while orienting me to the program, stands and makes her way forward as class ends, the students filing out, her observation ending).
E: What time do you have?
Me: Ummm-(checking my watch)…2:50pm.
(Yes, the class is scheduled to end at 2:50pm.)
E: (Frowning) Huh.
Me: Something wrong?
E: Well, my watch must be wrong. I have that it’s only just now 2:49.
Me: Ummm…well maybe-
E: I mean, maybe you could synch your watch to the class computer or something.
E: Since there isn’t a clock in here.
E: Or maybe my watch is just wrong.
Me: Yeah. Could be.
(Have I mentioned how much I love being observed? And here I thought I wasn’t a grad student any more. But you know that last minute of class- SUPER crucial to learning outcomes. Gotta milk those teachers for all they’re worth- even when you aren’t giving them benefits).