Usually when I go on a teaching trip, I have wonderful students. For the most part they pay attention. I get good questions. Some have fallen asleep because they drove three hours to get there. Others are obviously there for the CEUs. Last week I had someone who disrupted the class.
I encourage questions and discussion with attendees. This time I got something different. We were talking about pushers. She didn't agree with what I said. Instead of a discussion, she tried to argue with me. It was more of a, "I'm right, you're wrong," exchange instead of mutual agreement both options could work. I changed the topic as quickly as possible so the class could move forward.
Wouldn't you know that on my course reviews I got comments about not being open to discussion with the class. What bothered me most was up until that exchange, she seemed more interested in the crossword from the newspaper than what I was saying. I guess she didn't think I could see what she was doing.
I don't mind if someone doesn't pay attention. I try my best but still get paid whether someone pays attention or sleeps the entire time. Maybe she was already familiar with what I was saying. I'm sure there are others just as skilled as I am with stroke patients. God knows I've sat through classes in utter boredom for that reason. That just happened at CSM during the stroke course. Instead of being rude and argumentative, I kept quiet and tried to appear to be paying attention even when my mind was drifting.
I never said she was wrong. Instead I said I had tried what she suggested and it didn't work. But that didn't mean it wouldn't work for someone else. I only have so much time and a lot of information to cover. If she felt that strongly, she should have come to me at lunch or on a break.
Yes, I probably could have handled that better. Maybe if she hadn't been so interested in the crossword, I might have taken her more seriously.