Writing notes on students' desks is so encouraging! I try to write notes at the end of each day to promote classroom community and positive behavior. Make sure to keep track of how many notes for each student, to keep things equal
Once students enter the room each day, the timer begins. The timer stops once lunch count/attendance is taken on the Smartboard, everybody's materials are out on their desk with their binder underneath the desk, and everyone is seated.
Have kids draw themselves on little circles on the first day. Copy & cut them to paste around a new page- use for a newsletter template. What a fantastic Idea! That would look so great for class announcements etc.