There are certain standard disclaimers that I just adore from my students. Here are a few:
– I know. I was going to do that (translation: I screwed it up because I didn’t have a clue, but I want you to believe I did.)
– I’m just not getting this today (translation: normally I do, but because you are not helping me as much today, things are going haywire.)
– I’m having trouble painting at home (translation: you are not at my home.)
– Yeah, I just haven’t gotten new brushes yet (translation: if I do then you’ll expect me to paint better.)
When they stop with the excuses, and embrace their greenery, then they are guideable. Otherwise they are exhausting, and I have to wade through the mud to get to the grassy knoll.