Keeping Track of Behavior

I use the "Turn a Card" system.  I know, I know...some love it, some hate it.  I am in it well enough camp.  It suits its purpose, the kids understand it, and I honestly don't have to use it all that much (I rely on my Classroom Economy much more).  But for the times that my students do turn their card, I need to have a way to remember what they did to turn the card in the first place (because, let's face it, I can't remember if I put on socks some days ;) )

Can you see the clipboard right there next to the cards?

So I began putting labels by my card chart.

I ran these through the computer, but sometimes I just leave them blank.

The labels are simple Avery Shipping Labels with TrueBlock Technology, 2x4 inches, White, 250 Labels (8163). I put them on a clipboard and each time a student turns his card, he needs to write the infraction on the label.

10 points to the person who can guess where I made these!!

At the end of the day, my Controllers (a classroom job) transfers the label to the behavior notebook and that is it.

What is great about this is come conference day (or even for the Weekly Report), when mom and dad are asking about behavior grades, I just pull out the Behavior notebook and right there, in the child's own writing, is an entire list of rules that were broken/disruptive behavior.


  1. Great idea! My school uses PBIS... in other words I have a clip chart! I don't mind it that much! :) It's working pretty well in my room in addition to the Whole Brain Teaching strategies that I am using! Check out my clog if you have a chance!

    Sweet Times in First


  2. Oooooh. I need to include more things where the students write what they did. I don't know if our schoolwide system would work too well with that though.

    The Science Penguin

  3. This is great! I use the turn your card system too! I have a mini graphing notebook that I keep right next to the the pocket chart and at the end of the day, or at the start of the next day, I record the colors in my journal. For simple infractions I don't document but when a student is on red I call home. I keep a one-subject notebook on my desk with each student's name on a sheet each. And whenever I call home or write them up, I record it in the notebook. I use a think sheet for lunch detention but I'm thinking I should have them writing more about their actions. Thanks for the tip! the sticker idea is easy to manage and a great source for documentation : )

    The Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher

  4. I like this idea! I use the clip chart, but I think it would be a good idea for the kids to have to write why they had to move down. It would make it easier for me to track behavior issues! Thanks for sharing this!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  5. I just got your comment.
    I guess I am not a very good So Cal girl. :)
    And, YES, Patrick Dempsey COUNTS!!!! :) :) :)
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I appreciate your support :)

    I love this idea!! Great way to keep track of WHAT behavior is the problem! I think I will start this with my 2nd graders next week!

  7. I'm late to this discussion, but I love the idea of the labels!! In our grade level, we do a lunch detention. When the student serves detention, they have to fill out a behavior reflection and write about what they did. So we do have THAT documentation. But I love the idea of the labels. Thanks so much!

  8. So where did you make the behavior log notebook???

  9. I subbed in your class this past spring and can attest to the great learning atmosphere and self sufficiency of your students. Thank you for all the work you are doing and thank you for sharing it. I loved the economy and the use of the Vista materials. Very inspiring and it clearly worked great!!!!


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