Each of your classes has a designated folder. Anytime a student misses class, they know that they must check their class' absent folder for any handouts or information that they missed. Can put any missed tests or quizzes in the folder as a reminder to both the student and yourself that they need to make it up.
Use a tap-it light to show think alouds during your read alouds. Tap the light "on" when you stop reading and discuss what the text makes you think. Helps students to "see" the difference between your reading and your thinking. Could also use to let students know when you are not available, during reading/writing conferences, etc.