I loved conducting experiments on them. Muahahaha Example: once I divided them up into 3 groups and gave them noun suffixes to memorize.
Group A was to study them individually, repeat the suffixes to themselves and try to memorize.
Group B was to try to find words to attach it to, which might help memory recall.
Group C was put into another room and told to drill each other on the noun suffixes, not to write, not to associate, but to just drill each other.
Note: I divided up my top achievers into group A and B and had only one top achiever in group C.
Test time, they were given strips of paper, to write what they remember. Asked to write only their name and group, some started to write. I crumbled those papers up and repeated name and group only. That took a few minutes for everyone to fall in line.
Group C had double of what group A had and B was slightly more than A.
Some students were angry that they weren'tn put in Group C. I told them this is not a grading test, this is an example of how to practice information recall and how to study for a test. Grab your study buddies.
Activites like these were always fun. Sadly they were never encouraged, so I had to break the rules once in awhile.