Question of the Day
Every morning, there is a Question of the Day which students will answer by "signing into" class. Ms. Hansen has a binder with notebook paper, and she will write a question on the notebook paper with a few diffferent responses to the question. Students sign in the column they feel best suits the answer. Ms. Hanesn also greets the students on this paper and tells them the date and what day of the week it is. At the beginning of the year, the questions were targeted more towards getting to know the students. For example, "What is your favorite ice cream flavor?" or "What is your favorite subject in school?" Now, the questions force students to recall on different things they have been learning in class.
I got this idea from Ms. Hansen's class at Spicewood Elementary in Round Rock ISD.