The teachers over at Primary Possibilities have a cute idea for managing student behavior.
Photo from Primary Possibilities
At the beginning of the day, she writes a student's name on a certificate that looks like this (it's free to download on the site linked above):
Then she places it in the magnetic container shown above. If students are getting chatty or off-task she will comment "I need to check on my secret student" and this reminds an off-task student that the secret student could very well be him/her!
At the end of the day, she pulls out the certificate. If the student had a good day, they get to take it home. If not, she quietly puts it in her pocket and says, "My secret student didn't make very good choices today. I hope it's better tomorrow." I love that she doesn't tell students who it is if the behavior wasn't up to par. This provides motivation to try harder tomorrow. While this isn't a replacement for a whole class management system by any means, it's a fun little surprise for students, a motivator to make good choices, and also a good way to keep students' attention at the end of the day when everyone is a little wiggly :)