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, makes students think about why they did not do their homework, and establishes accountability.
Some great thoughts on rubrics (print them on the assignment) and self-assessment (have students grade themselves using the rubric before turning in) 3rd Grade Thoughts: My Quick-Grading Stamp from Vistaprint
Getting to know each of your students in your first days of school is the best way to begin building strong relationships. This is a fun activity to get kids to open up...make sure to share about yourself as well! I boystowntraining.org
a MUST have for classroom library. It allows you yo use your smart phone and scan the bar code on your classroom books and then it inputs all of the info for you on a FREE data base. It allows you to let kids scan out the books and check out and check in them, separate them by reading levels and even put down their location in your class room. Did I mention it's FREE!?!? What?!?