(via Team Vs First Grade Fun: Im Done Cups) Students pick a stick from the Im Done cup and work on an activity when they are finished with their work. Teachers can range the activities depending on the grade.
One student is selected to be the "Ask Me" person (to help students who need assistance) while the teacher works with small groups-no disruptions for the teacher! Or, the student can put an Ask Me sign on his/her desk
Have a self-service spot for kids who were absent.
My HIGH SCHOOL KIDS NEED THIS . Tip for helping kids manage their pencil grip. Have them hold a ball or cotton ball in their ring and pinky fingers. This forces these fingers to stay busy, while the pincer fingers hold the pencil!