SCENE 1, INTERIOR. MORNING, FIFTH GRADE CLASSROOM. The teacher is working with a ten year-old boy before school. The boy has been having difficulty with triple digit multiplication. While going over the steps of multiplying, the teacher keeps calling the boy back to attention when his mind starts to wander or he starts talking about things off topic. After nearly 30 minutes, the boy is only halfway done with the assignment. The teacher stops and looks the boy squarely in the eye.
TEACHER: Have you noticed that I seem to want to get your homework done even more than you do?
TEACHER: Now just why would that be?
[The boy thinks for a second].
JOEY: Because you’re cooler than I am?
TEACHER: Now what in the world would that have to do with homework?
JOEY: I don’t know…
TEACHER: The truth is, Joey, I want you to be successful. Also, don’t you feel better about yourself when your homework is finished?
JOEY: Yeah, I do…
TEACHER: Well, that's it…plus I care about you, too. [Pause]. Now look, you’ve got 22 minutes to finish your work before school starts…that’s a lot of time.
JOEY: Well, Mr. Z, I’ve got lots of problems.
TEACHER: Yeah, you can say that again…
[The boy giggles and then returns to work].
[Fade to black].