My students rarely read directions on assignments. I've been mulling over an idea about how to address this, or at least reward those who follow directions (and therefore cause me less frustration). Please tell me if you have done something similar or if this is just a bad idea for some reason: You know how video games have hidden "easter eggs" that reward you in some way when you find them? Assignments could have easter eggs in the directions for an assignment -- a single sentence that instructs the student to write a word or letter somewhere on the paper so the teacher knows that the student has read the directions thoroughly. Then the teacher could award a bonus point or some other reward. It could be turned into a kind of scavenger hunt. So, what do you think? Plausible? Crazy?