The 7th grade math class had a list of things to do. Homework. Packets. Test the next day. And a whole period in which to complete said assignments.
"Can we play a game?"
The teacher has a stack of games for them to play when they're finished with their work. So, I asked.
"But it's homework. That means I do it at home."
But she was in class and had time to do it in class. To finish it in class so she wouldn't be stuck with homework.
Knowing how kids think, I said that they could play games. Provided that they were finished with all their other work. And I would check.
(If I take their word for it, they'll all be "finished".)
I told the girl she could play a game. As soon as I saw all her completed work. She argued. She glared.
She spent all period doing nothing but talking to a neighbor. Her classmates took my challenge, showed me their work, and were granted game-playing privileges. The girl?
Well, I guess she really wanted to do it at home.