We had a modified gallery tour and the students were responsible for judging 10 displays The student told me that she was not going to be able to complete 10 because she only had 5 that day. I stated that she could finish the next day, but she proceeded to let me know that she was going to be absent the next day. I stated to her that the assignment was for her to complete 10. She had a couple of choices...she work hard to complete an additional 5 on that particular day or she could finish the additional 5 displays on the day she returned to school. However, in order for her to receive full credit, she needed to figure out how she was going to complete her 10.
This told her that the assignment didn't revolve around her and that it didn't change because she demanded an exception. It really felt good not to stress over the student's dilemma and obvious attempt to make me change the rules for her benefit.