A question posed to me by one of my students who had finished his test. Most of his classmates were still working through their tests.
I told him, "You can work in here."
"But I like to work in the hallway when it's nice and quiet out there."
"It's quiet in here."
Then, "Oh. Yeah."
Heh. What a concept! Granted, I have no doubt that this student would get his work done out in the hallway, but I don't feel like having anyone out in the hallways today. It's a new semester. I think I'm going to try changing some of the boundaries for this class now.
To function well, these kids actually needed a good deal of freedom of choice on where to do their homework during work time, where to sit during the lesson, etc. Of course, this would not be tolerated in most classes and I need to start getting them ready to be successful students in eighth grade, where the math teachers are quite a bit more strict than I am.