Sometimes students go above and beyond expectations and I want to congratulate them. A high five is great, but just didn't seem like enough to me.
In our school district candy and junk food are not allowed, even as prizes, and a pencil costs me money and would just be lost in 45 min.
So I created a "free homework pass" to give a student, I write their name on is, sign it with my initials to show that it is legit, and the student can use it any time that year. Once the other students see it, it is amazing how they will all start going above and beyond expectations!
I print a lot of these on colored paper, and have them cut out ahead of time so I can hand them out at a moment's notice.