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March Madness (in high school)

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It’s March, and that means March Madness (the NCAA basketball tournament, for those who aren’t sports-oriented.)  I was subbing for a high school Spanish teacher last week, and boys in every class wanted to watch the game.

Student: Can we watch the game?  We’ll work diligently on our assignment while we watch.

Me: (Thinking, Sure you will.) No.

Student: Can you give me a good reason why not?

Me: (Thinking, I can give you half a dozen, but I’m not going to waste my time.) Because I said so.

Student: (under his breath) I said a good reason.

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Student: On a scale of one to ten, how much money would it take to convince you to let us watch the game?

Me: Six thousand.

Student: What would you do if I pulled six thousand dollars out of my wallet right now?  Would you let us watch?

Me: Probably not.

Student: But you wouldn’t have to sub for a long time if you had six thousand dollars.

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The weather has also been really beautiful, and from the windows in the classroom we were in, we could see that another teacher had taken her class outside.

Student: Can we go outside, too?

Me: No.

Student: But it’s beautiful out!  Almost as beautiful as your smile.

(I decided this student was too charming to be trusted.)

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About Karen Koch

I like the old-fashioned lifestyle. All this new-fangled stuff baffles me sometimes. I cherish living out in the country, raising chickens and rabbits, planting fruit trees, and enjoying a slow life filled with beautiful words and ideas. I don't always achieve a slow life. I teach middle school English and manage a little burgeoning farm with my husband, and somewhere in the midst of that, I try to find time for writing, running, knitting, reading, and playing the ukulele. And sometimes, I actually succeed.

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