Behavior Management: Documenting tips

I think we can all agree that if you are a teacher, you will occasionally come home stressed out, right?  There are a variety of reasons for the stress.  If the reason is due to a student with behavior problems I have a tip for you.

You know the Oprah shows with Dr. Phil when he is talking to a guest and he says "how's that working for you?"  When I find myself stressed out about a student and his/her behavior which is affecting the delivery of my instruction and the chemistry of my class, I ask myself "how's that working for me?"  I write down the strategies that I have been using.  Then I look at why those strategies don't work with this student. The next thing that I do is take careful documentation.  I need to know what day and time of day the behavior is worse.  Once I can see a pattern I can investigate to see why some days or times are better than others.  Is Thursday morning a bad day?  Maybe the student had an extracurricular activity the night before that caused the him/her to go to bed later than normal.  Tired and cranky students are not at their best in the classroom.

The behavior form below is a quick and easy form to use.  Choose two target behaviors such as keep hands to himself/herself when lining up and blurts out during circle time lessons.  Put a tally mark to document the number of reminders you give the student to keep hands to him/herself or about blurting.

Click HERE to download this freebie.

Looking for more tips?  Check out my Behavior Management Pinterest board.  Click on the picture below.

Fern has a few tips about documentation to share with you, too.  Be sure to hop over to her blog!

Fern and I are adding something new this summer.  Summer is a great time to catch up on your reading.  I love to read teacher blogs and the latest teacher idea books.  Stop by Fern's blog and my blog each week for Tuesday Teacher Tips.  We hope you will share your ideas, too.  

Each week we will choose one person who shared a tip on our blog who will get a $10 shopping trip.  We will announce the winner in the following Tuesday's post.  The winner for this post will be announced on July 15th's post.

The winner of last week's post is:
Click HERE to read Kimberly's tip which is located in the comment section.

Do you have a documentation tip to share?  Be sure to include your email so I can contact you if you're the winner of the $10 shopping trip.

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Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas said...

I love your form. It is such a professional way to stay objective in a parent conference....instead of saying Little Johny drives me crazy, you can present the facts to the parents, guidance counselor, principal, in a non-judgemental way.

HoJo said...

Great form! I've used something similar in the past, but this one is so easy to follow that I can share it with all of my teachers. Thank you!