Keeping behavior records tends to be a record of wrongs. Try using these Praise Reports to help encourage positive behaviors from your students. They are great for notes home to parents and for conferences.
These reports are not designed to recognize behaviors like staying on task, staying in line, not talking when asked to be quiet, turning in assignements on time, etc. They recognize when a student is
-helpful (ex. helping someone pick up things they droppedO
-cooperative (ex. choosing to agree on something in a group setting)
-courteous (ex. using good manners)
-kind (ex. giving someone a genuine compliment)
-thoughtful (ex. handing someone a tissue that sneezes)
-honest (ex. telling the truth about not having homework)
-a leader (ex. help solve a problem/get someone else to see another perspective)
-determined (ex. not giving up or complaining when a math problem is hard)
-positive (ex. finding something positive to say to someone or about a poor situation
-a good team member (ex. fulfilling one's duty in a group without being told or begged to)
One or more traits can be marked and an explanation of how the student exhibited it should be written. Teachers and students can recognize and encourage each other. Put them in a place in the classroom where students can fill them out and turn them in.