What do you have your students do as "first things" when they come in? For this whole year I have been leaving a DOL (daily oral language) or daily math review on their desk to complete as I take roll and lunch count. But now that my copied "starters" as I call them are running low, I'm rethinking my approach because... 1)Most of the students breeze through the work. I don't expect a starter to be a huge task, but when they're finished they feel they've earned the right to talk. 2)It takes time to correct. And my morning flashes by, so that just when I feel like we're rolling the bell rings for recess. 3)It almost feels meaningless to have students complete exercises only distantly related to what we're going to accomplish. So, what solutions have you all A to Z pros come up with?