Something new I found for reading this year are finger lights for the kids to track their reading. The kiddos love them! On Friday, we shut the lights out for Read to Self time and they used their finger lights to read. Another way I found to use them is to find text evidence in guided reading and shine a light on the evidence. It's a little thing that gets them motivated.
Another thing new this year that I'm doing is to begin each class with either a short growth mindset video or have a related quote on the board to read and talk about. The first week of school I read "Your Fantastic Elastic Brain" to each class so they understand the language used with growth mindset.When I say "exercise your brain" or "your brain is getting stronger" they know what that means. It's a good way to start each class.
Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It
Hope your start of the school year is going well!