Put a class list (on cute paper, of course) in a picture frame. Use a dry-erase marker to mark students off of a list! Add a line at the top of the page to remind you what it is for. Field trip money, papers signed and returned, etc.
Make these with chalk board paint and then put them up in my classroom so I can write the amazing stuff my children say all day long in them. You could also write classroom rules or welcome messages, instructions, messages to parents, focus wall language.
Pinner writes: I've used feely boxes for years, primarily as a hook to introduce new lessons. I like the simplicity of these. I also like the idea of using a number of them to introduce textures, shapes, etc.