1. Morning Handshake/Hug: Each morning, I stand at the door and shake the hand of each kid. I look them in the eye, ask them how they are and actually pause for an answer. It also gives me a chance to see where each kid is at emotionally that day, talk to everyone individually, notice anyone who's "off", welcome absentees back, etc. Since the kids jump right into an assignment when they come in each morning, I have the time to talk to everyone as I shake hands (in Kinder & 1st, I gave hugs instead)
2. You Are Fabulous: I found this adorable printable from technology rocks. seriously. Don't you love it?? I printed off two of them, put them in Dollar Tree frames and stuck 'em on the shelf above our backpack hooks...right where the kids could see them as soon as they came in and multiple times a day. Each day, I used a dry erase marker to fill it in with a student's name and a reason I thought they were fabulous (you can just write on the glass and wipe it off at the end of the day).
3. Love Notes: I love writing my kids little love notes whenever I have a few few minutes. Sometimes it's when we're waiting for an assembly to start, sometimes it's when they're checking out their library books. And I start by writing notes to the kids as if I weren't there. Then when I have a substitute, I can leave individual notes on each of the kids' desks letting them know how much I appreciate them; keeps behavior in check much better than threats or bribes ever could.