One of my students owes me $4.50. He owes me this money because he is an incessant gambler and feels the need to bet on the length of his classmates' speeches.
Typically, he's wrong. Way wrong. I even give him a ten second leeway on either side of the time and allow him the opportunity to look at the outlines and the notecards to determine length, and he still hasn't managed to guess successfully.
Bless his heart. Some of you are probably thinking I'm not going to take the money.
You would be wrong. Because I'm vindictive. And I like to win. And I think some lessons are hard learned. Like don't gamble with your teacher. Or your future as a bookie is crumbling before your eyes.
Either way, I think I'm cultivating a successful learning environment.