Let’s face it! Every teacher has at least one student in their class that is a bit, shall we say, challenging. That challenging little guy or gal doesn’t mean to be. It’s all about your approach. Start by determining what the underlying reason is. Is it organization? Does the child struggle with turning things in because he or she is just unorganized? Is the precious little one just forget? One of the ways I have successfully helped students remember their homework or improve their behavior is by utilizing an educational contract and parental reports. It’s all about reporting behavior and academics!
The Educational Contract
At the beginning of the year, I have my families and students sign the educational contract. Most people will be a bit more accountable if they have a “contract” to abide by.
Reporting Behavior to Parents Daily
I would use this sheet below by marking a check in the appropriate box that the student needed to improve on that day. I would also write any comments in the daily box regarding what specifically was occurring if needed. This went home nightly for parents to initial stating they were aware of the behavior. I collected it on Monday from the child and placed it in his or her file for reference later. It is also a great documenting tool for when you need it during your child studies. You can see if the child improved or not.
Reporting Behavior and Homework
I would use this sheet below to list what we were working on in that subject during the day. I would then place a check mark in the “In” box if it was completed and turned in. I could also add any comments or behavior issues (such as the student didn’t complete the work because he/she was off task). The students then had it to determine what was needed to be taken home to be finished. It also had to be seen by the parent and initialed anywhere on the report. Then the next day, I used it to help the child see what was or was not turned in.
Reporting Behavior and Homework Weekly
I like to send home Friday Folders each week with information regarding how each child behaved during the week and whether work is missing. I do this so parents are aware weekly and not shocked come conferences or report times. I staple this on the left inside a folder. Then each week I just mark it. I write the date, place a check in any box a child struggled with that week (I give a check mark for each occurrence, so the shows self-control box may have 2 checks in it for struggling with this twice that week), and highlight where a parent needs to initial. I also check off any subject area a student has missing work in. If a student has no checks, I place a sticker in each category. I count up the check marks at the end of the week and give a grade for that week according to the grading scale. I provide a grade for conduct and work habits. I do not give a missing work grade. Then at the end of a marking period I use this to average out and determine what grade goes on the report card. You could easily convert the E to an A, S to a B, so on. I do this with all students. My Friday Folders also contain graded work, my newsletter, and important school fliers. It returns every Monday.
All pictures can be downloaded free. I have also included editable versions of these behavior sheets. These sheets can easily be editable by adding a text box where you would like to add text or type in the boxes that say “Type Text Here.” You must have PowerPoint to open these.