Great idea for a thread. I use sign language in my class, but also because I have EAL children who have yet to speak (sometimes in either English or their home language). The sign language allows them to communicate simple messages without feeling the pressure to speak in English yet (I teach Nursery). Brain Gym: I teach Health to Primary children as well, and I find doing a quick brain gym/exercise routine with them when they first come into the classroom gets them settled and allows them time to get some excess energy out before we start our main lesson. Some children really struggle with transitions, and this seems to help them cope because they are not jumping straight from one lesson to the next. Worry Box: My husband teaches Primary 4, and for a while some of the children were expressing worries they had about things that happened at school to their parents (enter angry parents with finger pointing and blaming). My husband introduced the Worry Box where children could write down worries they were having and put it in the box and they could be addressed. It was a simple concept that the children really enjoyed because it meant being heard, but not at inappropriate times, and there was time to think about how to respond. Photography: I personally feel that photography can play a huge role in the classroom. I let my Nursery children take photos all the time of their friends and things they are doing or creating. Currently, they are making their own Alphabet cards using photos of children in the class (taken by them!), as well as objects in the class that start with letters of the alphabet that are not already occupied by a child's name. The children are more engaged in the creation of the alphabet cards, and they notice them up on the wall because they are in the pictures (remember, children are self-centered and love to see themselves on the wall and being a part of the creation of displays). The printable computer-designed alphabet printables may look nice to you, but they are just wallpaper to the kids.