Cassie: Holy Smokes! This is an excellent assessment in math! You got everything correct.
Cassie: You must feel good about this!
Cassie: What do you mean, “Whatever?”
Charlie: (in a snippy way) I don’t base my self-worth on grades.
Cassie: Your self-worth? Why all the attitude when I complement you on a perfect score? This is fantastic, Char Bar!
Charlie: (again with the snippy air) Your excitement and giddy voice is tiresome, Mom. I don’t care what grades I get…on anything. I never have.
Cassie: Yea…well…I think you should care.
Charlie: Well I don’t.
Cassie: It seems like maybe you cared. Why else would you have bothered with these extra credit problems here?
Charlie: I was bored….and since there was no good reading material in the class room where we were having the test, I thought I might as well do the problems so, ya know, I wouldn’t be bored.
Cassie: Hmmm. So if there had been a good book to read on a shelf in the classroom, you would have gone for the book instead of doing the extra credit?
Charlie: Of course. I already showed that I knew how to do all the math on the test. I didn’t need to do the extra credit. I was just bored. That teacher never has good books to read when you’re done with your work. I guess since she’s a math teacher, she wouldn’t.
Cassie: I think all teachers, no matter their subject, should have good books around.
Charlie: (excitedly, snippy voice gone) I know! Me too. (Pause) You were the kind of kid who was always over-the-top about extra credit, weren’t you?
Charlie: Just like Chloe.
Cassie: What are YOU over-the-top about in school, Charlie? (Pause) Besides computers?
Charlie: Science experiments. Learning NEW stuff. Talking to my friends. I’m NEVER over the top about assessments or extra credit. Pffft.
Charlie: That makes you mad?
Cassie: No. Not at all. You teach me a lot of things all the time Charlie Bollinger. You really do.
Charlie: I’m an excellent teacher.