Daily folders? And behavior logs?

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  1. Gracefullyloved

    Gracefullyloved New Member

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    I was wondering who uses daily folders, what you use them for (behavior logs? Homework? Sending work home?)
    And if you thought they were beneficial?

    Also, does anyone use daily behavior logs? I have used a monthly calendar to color in daily where kids were on a clip chart but don't know if it has been worth my time. Was wondering what every one else did to communicate behavior to parents?
     
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  3. bella84

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    Yes... to all of your questions!

    I had a "return to school" pocket and a "keep at home" pocket in the folder. Daily behavior log, homework, permission slips, etc. in "return to school" and completed work and newsletters/flyers on the other side.
     
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    When I taught second, my school required us to do this. I added a section where I wrote notes about academics that seemed to be well received. I printed them on address labels so I could stick them on easily.

    Just make sure you document everything on your own set of papers or files in case things get "lost" to cover yourself.
     
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    Yeah when I subbed in first for a few weeks, this is a system the whole grade level uses. Talk to your grade level team and see what system they do.
     
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    Excellent
     
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    They are a perfect source.
     
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    I never did a daily behaviour log - could you imagine having your behaviour reported to your admin every day??? Everyone is allowed to have a bad day without me running to parents. If the bad days become more frequent, then I will call parents to find out if anything is going on. But no, I did not do behaviour logs.

    I did a daily journal that went home with notes and completed work. There was empty lined paper in the folder for parents to write notes back to me.
     
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    Nope. Too high maintenance.
     
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    I do a behavior log on an as-needed basis. Generally, I end up using them for a total of about two months of a school year with no more than three students. This year, I have used one for one student for the past three weeks. The goal is to wean her off of it by the beginning of May. Too high maintenance.
     
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    When I was a classroom teacher we were required to have a color flip chart behavior system. If kids were on "green" all day, I would put a stamp in their planner. If not, I'd write a quick note as to why they had to flip their card (obviously I would call home if they did something that was a big deal). It was an easy system to manage and kept parents in the loop. I only had a couple of students that had real "behavior logs" and they were extremely time consuming. I can't imagine doing that for every student!
     
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    Interesting... I never found it to be terribly time-consuming or too high maintenance for me. It took no more than 5-10 minutes at the beginning and end of the day to get through the entire class. In the morning, I did it while the students listened to announcements and did morning work. In the afternoon, I did it while students packed up and cleaned up the classroom. I used it as a system for doing daily check-ins and folder checks with individual students and also as a way to ensure parents looked in the folders at home. In the future, I'm not sure that I would make it a "behavior" log, but I will certainly continue some sort of daily check-in with each individual student, which would include school-to-home communication and a folder check.
     
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    Maybe you could just jot down notes for the students that have a specific behavior you could note, whether it is positive or negative. Instead of notating for each child each day.
     
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    My first grader's folder has a monthly calendar in it and it gets marked if behavior is at yellow or below, but left blank for green. That seems very reasonable to me for regular notice about behavior and frees up the teacher to not have to give daily feedback to parents of students who are doing well.
     
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    I'm the same way. I find that behavior documentation is overemphasized. And I doubt the kiddos feel comfortable having every adult worrying over their behavior every minute of the day. I do record rule infractions and I even have a time-out system, but really, parent contact on behavior should be reserved for extreme or too frequent behavior. Do parents really care that lil Jimmy or Sally had a perfectly ordinary day or even failed to raise their hand once? Focus on the grades, people. We will get in contact with you if there is an actual behavior issue.

    On daily folders... no. I do have a weekly folder, though. Homework, finished work, an occasional note.
     
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  16. Jen84

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    I do not do weekly homework packets, so a daily folder works for me. It holds their homework, reading log, and any notices that need to go home. I also send home graded work every Friday and use my prep time to stuff their folders.
    Last year I used a monthly behavior calendar. I did not document EVERY negative choice, but when something happened that parents needed to know about (for example, when I had a students hitting another student), I wrote a short note in that day's box. I was not crazy about the calendars, so I will be doing something different this year.
     

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