Write skits and role plays have students perform in front of the class.Make them funny.
Provide written, humorous, scenarios for students to critique. Involvefamous people in them.
Give quizzes. Make them multiple choice, with 2 of the 4 options beingridiculous, off the wall answers.Strategy #6:
Don’t Punish. Just Repeat. The consequence for a poorly followed procedure is…to do it again. RobertKelty, New Mexico ’01, said that “the best thing I learned to do in myclassroom when teaching procedures was to calmly say, ‘Start over.’”Consider this excerpt from the Classroom Management and Culture Course:What happens if, after teaching a procedure, your students don’texecute the procedure properly? If you expect your students toline up silently with their hands clasped in front of them, andBrittney and Sheldon are wiggling around and swinging theirarms like windmills, you should ask the class to look at the line,determine what is wrong, and ask Brittney and Sheldon to returnto their seats and join the line properly. If you have taught yourstudents to pass in their papers in a certain way and they do soincorrectly, do you give them all a five-minute detention afterschool? No. You simply remind them of the correct process forhanding in papers and you ask them to do it again. The“consequence” for not following a procedure properly is to repeatthe procedure. However, sometimes your students will violate arule while a procedure is happening. For example, yourprocedure for entering class is to walk in silently, remove one’snotebook from the shelf, sit down immediately, and begin the DoNow. If two students jostle and loudly insult one another whilegetting their notebooks from the shelf, they are not carrying outthe procedure properly, but more importantly, they are alsoviolating the rule
Respect your classmates
. The proper responseis to give students the consequence you would administer forbreaking that rule at any other time
to ask them to repeattheir entrance into the class correctly. Remember that rules arealways in effect, and breaking them at any time earns thestudent the appropriate consequence.Strategy #7: Introduce One New Procedure Every FewDays.Don’t overwhelm students with multiple procedures at once, but don’t justintroduce one and then wait three weeks to introduce the next. Repeat theprocess of teaching a new high-priority procedure every few days. Again,remember to
your procedure as you would any content.