Students start to argue a little bit more, they forget to hand in their homework with more frequency, and it just seems to be a little "maddening" if you will.
Well, there's a cure.
If you notice that most of your class is not following the directions, or not behaving quite how you'd like them to in the hallway, or if they are arguing during free time… then try this:
Practice whatever it is that they're having a hard time with… during free time.
That's right, just give them a warning first that you'll be doing this, and if it doesn't get better, then have the entire class walk quietly in the hallway during THEIR free time (for just a few minutes of course… not the whole free time).
They'll get the hint pretty quickly that you mean business… and if they have a hard time walking in the hallway again… just do it twice the next time.
Let me tell you, I've been doing this for years, and it works like a charm, and the madness disappears… just like your basketball bracket probably will, too.
Don't tell me I didn't warn you...