A spiral approach to math
The quiz topic was Maclaurin polynomials and the reaction of one of my students was utter blankness. He had no idea. He was lagging behind and hadn't gotten to that section yet. Some students in this predicament begin writing apologetic essays containing various excuses about the sorry state of their lives. Not this boy! He resorted to mesmerism.
No, it didn't work. He did, however, do much better on the second quiz on Maclaurin polynomials. So I guess one of us got through.