It was the end of the day. I was "so done" with my students not listening and not participating. My patience had been exhausted, but these kids needed to have this information for their history quiz. I asked a question and two kids raised their hands.
I grabbed a bag of jolly ranchers out of my desk and asked the question again. Suddenly, every kid was trying to find the answers. Hands were up across the room. Genius.
After we'd finished the lesson and packed up for the day, I pressed my luck. "Ok, so what have you learned in this chapter of history?"
A very perceptive student answered, "I learned that if we're really bad all day, you will bribe us."