This problem is easy.
Whenever I hear someone saying this, it kind of makes me cringe. I have had instances where I have been working–quite happily–on a problem for half an hour, maybe even longer, in a professional development situation and someone comes up to me and says “oh, that one was really simple.” How does that make me feel? Well, I’m an adult. I don’t judge my own self-worth on other peoples’ opinions. But students, especially when it comes to math, aren’t usually so grounded. I try not to say this myself, and I try to get students to not say it either. Or at least I make them explain why they found the problem easy.
You just have to memorize it.
Translation: I can’t think of a way to make this idea meaningful to you, but learn it anyways.
Because it will be on the test.
‘Cause that’s the mother of all motivational devices, isn’t it?
Remember what we talked about yesterday.
So not helpful. Because if they did actually remember this, they probably are already thinking about it. And if they don’t remember, me telling them to remember is not going to magically make the neural connection in their brain start firing. This is probably the one that I slip up on the most–just did it, well, yesterday.
That’s just the way you do it.
Translation: I’m too busy right now to explain the reasoning behind this idea to you.
Alternate definition: If I take the time during class to go over this in detail, we won’t have enough time to do the lesson I have planned for today.
Sorry about that quiz grade. I guess you should study harder next time.
With my new SBG system, I’m not even allowed to say this. And I love that.
I’ve already had one student pass a skill re-check (that’s what I decided to call them) and I have another three students who have made appointments to come see me next week.
I’m sure I’ve left off several things that I just can’t think of right now. How about the rest of you? What is on your list of things to never say?