What Makes a Parent Love a Teacher - terrific post by Jennifer of Cult of Pedagogy about the importance of getting to know your students and some tips doing that. More importantly, create positive connections with your students.
Kristen Santey I really like this idea of an all about me for students. This allows the teacher to see students interests and it helps teachers to connect with their students. This can be used at any grade level.
Communication is a two-way street, as are expectations. This contains some ideas on what to ask students at the beginning of the year to find out their hopes, expectations, and what they need from a teacher, as well as how to do it effectively.
Help Wanted bulletin board. Pockets with classroom job descriptions. Write student names on craft sticks and place them in appropriate pocket. Fun and easy way to switch up student jobs throughout the year.
The Silent Transition Game that will Save Your Sanity - try this when you need a minute to get ready for your next lesson, a great trick for elementary teachers.mirrors game, put your name on your paper, put your name song, magic scrap game