I’m a big fan of one-on-one conferencing with students as a way to connect with them and check for understanding. I use this “deli-style” format with students as a fun way to let them know it is their turn to conference with me. Each student is given a ticket (from 1 to how ever many students you have in class) at the beginning of class and meets me at the designated conference area in the room when they hear the “DING!” and their number appears on the projector screen. Kids love it!
This is an example of a bucket filling wall in a classroom made from envelopes. You can also use plastic cups and get the students to individually decorate the cups however they like. Students write personal notes to students and how they would like to fill their bucket!