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This is uncreative, but helpful. Give students a quiz on classroom rules, policies, ect. the first week. I also gave one later in response to class problems-- frequent requests to go to the bathroom, complaints that I wasn't able to memorize names as quickly as they wanted me to (and thus assigned them seats) and compaints to my boss that what we were doing was boring (it was, but it was also important). Make it funny; I wrote a True/False question that read:
"we are spending time on sentence formation because it is boring and I want you to be bored in class.." You can throw behavior questions in with other quizzes if you don't want their grade to be based largely on knowing classroom policies and how to behave and/or don't want to waste classtime taking silly quizzes--that's what I did with my second quiz.
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