Student’s description of the particles in a solid:

“The particles are far apart and connected.”

Student’s answer to the math problem 8X = 24:

8X = 24 = 24 = 8X.

There’s no way to disagree with the last answer. I’m not sure the problem asked the student to solve for “X” either. Whoever wrote that particular standardized test probably assumed she’d know she should solve for “X”. Sometimes my students can really think outside the box, though.