I was at a workshop yesterday and one idea brought up was called a Remnant book. I'd never heard about this idea. They explained it as a journal for students, but instead of writing or pictures, it included an item. The students were asked to bring in an item that represented something they did over the weekend, parents were asked to write a small note to explain the significance. One student brought in a napkin to represent that he set the table. I immediately thought of the power of this. Students could have a representation that they could then use to write and communicate about. It's always said that if it's not personal students will not be as involved. I just think this is a really interesting strategy to help keep students engaged.