One of my students asked to spend his detention with me the other day.
I was only a little reluctant.
That same morning, this is the kid who spent the hour contorting.
I mean literally twisted himself into pretzels.
He was sitting in a office chair and had a stool next to him.
At one point he had his head in between the back and arm of the chair and both feet sideways on the stool.
I thought he was going to fall at least three times.
He wasn't bothering anyone, so I let him twist.
That kind of behavior, though, isn't exactly what I want around after school.
But I said yes.
I'm a huge sucker.
The kid came down after school right on time.
A surprise in and of itself.
And I was pleasantly surprised.
Instead of task avoiding, he worked.
He asked questions and we chatted.
Turns out he was actually listening in the morning while he squirmed.
At one point, I said something to him about his choices, I don't remember exactly what.
His response was pretty precious:
"That's what my mom says too. I should really start listening."
I agreed and he grinned at me.
The next time I see him in class, he will probably engage in all the same low level foolishness.
But maybe not.
And either way, a positive interaction with a pain in butt kid is always a good thing.