As Clint Eastwood as Gunny Highway said in the movie Heartbreak Ridge: “Improvise!”
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)
There are many free templates available.
A certificate can also be used as a reward for work well-done! (click to enlarge)