"Fist to five" check students rate their understanding by holding up the appropriate number of fingers. The goal is for everyone to be in the green. Great way for students to self-assess their understanding and help you to gauge student understanding.
Students have to write in a log every time they do not turn in their homework on time and explain themselves. This helps teachers keep track of how many times the same student does not do his/her homework and establishes accountability.
Community Builder: The End of the Day Jar has 24 questions to ask students to get them talking about their school day. This helps build community in the classroom. You can call on students to answer the questions or have them talk with a buddy.
Strategic Teaching - Before Activities I can tell in the first 5 minutes of any class, how well that lesson is going to be received. Here are 5 simple way to make sure that those first few minutes engage students.
A fun craftivity flap book where students write about all the friends they are going to see this summer, the places they want to visit, and the things they want to do. Includes eight different versions of the pages: blank, lined, blank
Culture of Achievement - TFA RGV - Picasa Web Albums - A way for classes to "compete" against each other. Specials teachers have their "top listed to make achieving a stripe visible (what does the class need to check off?
Objective Here are some neat ways to have students assess their own learning. This teacher also recommended using tap lights for each student as a way to check their understanding of a lesson really quick before moving on.