Teacher Toolkit: Log Books

Teacher Toolkit: Log Books

December 10, 2019 0 By Kailee Schamberger


[MUSIC PLAYING] SUBJECT: With the
clipboard, I chart behaviors that happen so that
I can give feedback to parents and students
on behaviors that are unwanted or undesirable
in the classroom. For example, not
paying attention. I use the clipboard with a
color clip system in my room. And so when a student isn’t
paying attention, I can say, you’re not paying
attention, please go move your clip to
a different color. And then I record that. And the reason is so that I can
have effective communication with the student, but also
so that I can relate that on to the parent. The clipboard is sort of
like a logbook for misconduct so that I can see
what behavior has caused you to move your color. When I notice that
the student has really changed around their
behavior, then they’re able to move their clip up. And then I cross out the
infraction on the clipboard so that students
know that, OK, I’m back up to a desirable
color, and I no longer have that mark by my name. Jessaline, you have
done a great job today. I want you to move
your clip back up. Excellent. Now I’m going to
cross off that T. I like the clipboard logbook
system, because it really holds the students accountable
for their behaviors, because they don’t desire to
have a mark on the clipboard. If they have marks
on the clipboard, they work very hard
to change those around so that they
can get tickets or so that they can have
other rewards. And I also like it because
it keeps me more organized, and I can really go back
and remember that, hey, that student didn’t do their
homework for a whole week or that student has
a hard time focusing. And it allows me
to go back and have documentation of
that information. It works well with the
students, because it allows them to
understand what behaviors I don’t expect
from them in class. The students actually
appreciate having the system, because just like with
any reward system, now you’re telling
them, these are behaviors that are not
going to get you a reward, these are behaviors
that you might get privileges taken away. And so they’re really
able to understand what those behaviors are. [MUSIC PLAYING]