A good classmate... Beginning of the year activity.
high five notes for encouragement...
Education to the Core: Rate your learning scale. Aligns with the Marzano method.
Students have to write in a log every time they do not turn in their homework on time and explain themselves. This helps teachers keep track of how many times the same student does not do his/her homework, makes students think about why they did not do their homework, and establishes accountability.
Which is why my students get to be "teachers" on a regular basis. I sit at my desk and they teach one question.