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.

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

Consequences:
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.