In discussing a case…
Prof. B.: Good explanation. Did the dissent agree with the majority?
Smartarse Student: No…pretty much by definition of dissent.
Prof. B.: <performs migraine salute while class laughs> Okay, that’s fair, you got me.
Two minutes later, Prof. B. is grilling smartarse student
Smartarse Student: This is you getting even with me, isn’t it?
Prof. B.: Yes. <class laughs> But seriously, you’re going to get questioned like this, and you need to learn to deal with it; I was in a meeting half-an-hour ago and I got it.
<more grilling; smartarse student ultimately resolves the issue>
Prof. B.: Good job. Thanks for being a good sport. …you’re not going to go key my car, are you?
- Be prepared for hard questions
- Don’t poke the bear
- A good sense of humor helps a lot