Ok, so I know that this is a really old thread, but this has been happening to me all semester. I really believe it's a form of bullying, because at times the people doing it have been very deliberate and bold about it.
The problem is, they only do it during class, so I can't say anything about it. I sit at the end of the table in both classes that it happens in, and the tables are perpendicular to the teacher at the front of the room. What this means is that
1. I have to look down the table past them in order to see the board and the projection screen. I'm not trying to look at them.
2. they have to physically turn around away from the front of the room to look at me, while there is absolutely no reason for them to be looking towards the back of the room at all. Strangely enough, the teacher doesn't seem to notice. Most of the time they'll just have their head turned to stare, but when they're really feeling bold they'll turn fully around with their arm on the table to stare at me.
What I want to know is why a teacher wouldn't notice this and be perturbed that their students are turning fully away from them and staring at a student who is paying attention.
And why would someone do this in the first place?!?
Do they feel like they should be able to stare at me because I have to look past them to see the board, even though I have a good reason to be looking in their direction and they don't? Not to mention that I'm not looking at them, which should be obvious. There is a board in front of you that everyone needs to see!
It hasn't been happening lately because I've been making an effort to look down the entire class time and only looking up when absolutely necessary, and getting a sore neck in the process. I don't know what else to do.
Please, if anyone here is a teacher, tell me why any instructor would ever tolerate this kind of behavior. Would you think that this person being stared at just shouldn't look up as much?
And what could I have possibly have done to elicit this kind of behavior?
Sometimes I think it just makes them feel powerful because they know I'm trapped, especially when I look up when the teacher is pointing something out and they're already waiting for me in anticipation. It feels like they're taking advantage of the fact that I have to look past them to see the front of the room.
Please, any advice at all would be greatly appreciated.