Making A List And Checking It Twice

It is important to document students’ misconduct.  Finding a simple system for recording infractions can make this easier.  Complicated systems are time-consuming and do not always get used.  One simple way is Communicator Cards (3 x 5 cards) placed on each student’s desk or notebook.  Each time the student violates a rule, it is recorded on the card.  Many teachers require that these cards be taken home and signed by the student’s parent(s)  Another way, especially with older students, is a tracking method where the teacher uses part of a grade book.  By numbering the rules and lettering the consequences, action can be documented in a matter of seconds.  For example, a student violates rule #4 and receives the consequence lettered “a.” “4/a” is written by the student’s name in the grade book on the date it happened.  See the example below.

1. Be prompt.
2. Be prepared.
3. Be neat.
4. Be considerate.
5. Follow instructions.

a. Verbal correction/teacher counseling
b. “Cooling off,” “timeout,” or other in-class/in-school disciplinary action
c. Withdrawal of privileges
d. Detention
e. Note/call home to parent(s)
f. Request assistance from parent(s)
g. Request assistance from the office
h. Request removal from the classroom
i. Other: please specify

Student Name9/22/129/23/12
John Doe4/A5/D-E


This tells us that on September 2, John was not on time.  He was given a warning. A “5/d-e” tells us that the student did not follow instructions.  He was given detention, and a note was sent home.