On a more positive note, I finally wrapped up my Weekly Newsletter. At first glance you might think there isn't enough room to really COMMUNICATE all the classroom happenings, but I did this on purpose. There is a method behind my madness. :)
Since I am encouraging my parents to use my CLASSROOM BLOG as the primary resource for school information, I was able to significantly downsize my WEEKLY NEWSLETTER. If I gave them everything in the newsletter, why would they need to look at the blog? The newsletter has a space for upcoming important events and key learning highlights, but the rest is devoted to the the behavior report, which correlates with my Camping Clip Chart.
Here is how it will work in my classroom. Each day, I will record their clip ups and clip downs on my behavior compass spreadsheet, along with notations as to why they clipped down. On Friday, I will record this onto the Weekly Behavior Compass chart by putting an X in the box next to each day, and if a clip down occurred, the # from the behavior codes box. The codes correspond to my classroom rules:
1- Follow directions quickly
2- Raise your hand for permission to speak
3- Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat
4- Make smart choices
5- Keep your dear teacher happy
In the comments box, I will record extra little notes of praise or a specific note as to why they had to clip down. I am trying to keep this system as simple as possible so that I am worker smarter, not harder.
How do you communicate student behavior to parents? Feedback is always appreciated!