In the first days of school, students sit passively as teachers present their classroom rules. They appear to "get it." Yet, it's isn't too long before the teacher notices specific behaviors that break one or more of the rules. When confronted, the student responds with an indignant, "What?" This activity allows the students to become actively involved in the rule process. They brainstorm scenarios and discuss which rule, if any, is being broken. Sometimes I even have them role play the rules. They really like a chance to be "bad." It opens up avenues of discussion, Suddenly the students are engaged and truly understand what is expected and why.
*Also note the inclusion of a Student ID number. For instance, if a student is in my third period class, the first number of their id is 3. The second part of the number is the number next to their name on the grade book. Let's say they are 17th. So their total id is 317. When I collect papers, I put the numbers in order (much faster than trying to decipher their names and alphabetize). Plus there is always a student who will organize for me for a few extra credit points. Now that they are in order, inputting grades just became a lot faster.