(As students work on laptops creating a survival show in the style of The Hunger Games but set in a European country of their choice.)
Me (looking over John's shoulder): That’s good. Austria was a good choice. You’ve learned about the climate and terrain. How are you using this to develop your show?
John: Um, the contestants have to climb mountains.
Me: Okay. How many contestants?
Me: Um, 200 is a lot.
John (quickly): Okay. 20.
Me: Better. Okay, you’re in good shape. Make your rules and objective a bit more specific. Let me know if you need help.
Me: So, John, I'm wondering what Megan Fox has to do with your game.
John (quickly minimizing his googled Megan Fox images screen): She’s going to be in the game. I decided my game will be like those celebrity reality shows.
Me: Um, okay. It’s still got to be set in Austria in the mountains, though.
John (slowly): Right . . .
Me: No, really, you have to stick with Austria. You don't have enough time to switch countries right now. Also, you probably can't have Megan Fox climbing mountains in a bathing suit.
John: Um, she won’t.
(George snorts again.)
Me: Right? She'd die way too fast.
John: Yeeesssss . . .
Me: No, John, really. You need to stop looking for pictures of Megan Fox and finish defining your rules.
John: I am, Miss.
John: Yes. Really. But I’m switching from Austria to Italy.
Me: You can’t. You don’t have time. Without defining your rules, contestants are the least of your worries. And you can’t just switch to a warmer climate so Megan Fox can be in a swim suit!
John: I’m not!
Me (slowly): You're sticking with Austria? Right?
John: Right. Yes. Okay.
Me: Okay. Then I'll leave you alone. It's fine.
John: No it’s not. You just gave me that look.
Me: Did not.
John: Yes, you did. You gave me THAT look.
Me: John, I most certainly do not have A look. Or THAT look. Or any particular look.
John: Yes, you do. See? George saw it.
George: Just put Megan Fox in a jumpsuit, John. She'll still look good.
John (pointing to me): See? THAT look right there!