A Favor Coupon is a tool that helps balance tolerance and discipline.

As Clint Eastwood as Gunny Highway said in the movie Heartbreak Ridge: “Improvise!”

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We must learn to improvise in nearly every aspect of life.

In the classroom — flexibility must be balanced by discipline to prevent constantly sliding deadlines and reduced expectations.

A firm syllabus and a well-defined rubric both clarify expectations for students and instructors.

A Favor Coupon is another tool which can be used to allow a bit of flexibility without giving up discipline and focus.

Here is an example: (click to enlarge)

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There are many free templates available.

A certificate can also be used as a reward for work well-done!  (click to enlarge)

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