You Won’t Fail, But It Might Be Torture

Amanda Teacher: Pop quiz! Adding, subtracting, dividing, and multiplying positive and negative integers.

Spring Roll, during the test: I’m scared Ms S!

Amanda Teacher: Why? They’re just numbers. You won’t kill anyone taking this quiz.

Spring Roll, pointing to the test: No, not this! You!

Amanda Teacher: Why?

Spring Roll: Because if I do good, I get fun work like those puzzle problems. If I do bad, I get drill work. I like the harder stuff. The drill stuff is boring.

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I bought a book called Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom. I was looking at it this morning, as my students were coming into the room.

Spring Roll: What’s that, Ms S?

Amanda Teacher: It’s a book to help me teach you guys better. I’m really excited about it!

Spring Roll, with a sneaky grin: Is it about torture?