They had been sent to me for pushing and shoving one another. Nothing major, but enough that they couldn't remain in the classroom. I had them sit down on the couch and I took a few minutes to decide how I wanted to handle this. It had been a busy day and I was frustrated that these young men couldn't just get long.
So I gave them a choice.
I told them that they were either going to be sent home or they could take the blocks and Legos and build me something nice. And I emphasized the word nice. I'm not really sure why. There was only so much that they could create with the limited number of materials I gave them to work with. What they created in just a short amount of time was quite impressive....