- One boy sat at an empty desk. He informed me he had no paper. His neighbors managed to find him a sheet. Then he told me he had no pencil.
- Another boy (when I approached and asked why he was doing no work) argued that writing was outdated. He should be allowed to do his assignment (in algebra 1) via technology. I agreed that would be best, then I pointed out that until everyone in class had an iPad, they were going to have to continue to use pencil and paper.
- Two boys (on the other side of the classroom) tried to convince me that they were the smartest students in the class. Even though they were doing no work. And another student informed me that not only did they never do any work, they never even bothered to take notes.
- Then in the middle of the room two boys and a girl put their heads together to take a selfie. When I approached the boy who had put the cell phone in his pocket, he acted like he'd never heard the term.
- Another boy tried to jump over his own leg. And argued with me when I told him not to. (He didn't make the attempt.)
- Then a girl and boy stepped outside the classroom. The girl needed to "fix her hair". (Outside? In the wind?) The boy needed "fresh air". They argued about returning inside.
- Finally, a boy "tooted" loudly enough for everyone around him to hear. So, all the students in the vicinity fled. Scattering across the room and a couple even went outside.
Of the 24 students in the class, only four were making progress on the assignment. The rest made excuses.
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Wouldn't math class have been more fun if you could have turned in your assignments via iPad? What excuses did you use to not do your math homework?