All of my classes were given the same assignment today:
Pick one of the following:
1) Work on things you owe me.
2) Work ahead
3) Play games
Most of the geometry students and the kids in 8th period opted to play games. My group of students who are almost continually disruptive in class spent 80 minutes playing Tsuro!
They talked strategy and alliances. They worked together to create paths that would keep them alive as long as possible.
They showed fascinating interest in different kinds of games and it was surprising to see who chose what.
Even more interesting was that the majority of the students in period 1 chose a 4th option: stare at the wall for the period.
I suppose some people prefer boredom to putting effort into fun.