I've already compiled all the dates, including Regents days, holidays and parent conferences. These charts could be easily adjusted to fit the NYC elementary or middle school calendar as well as the school calendar for another school district anywhere else in the world.
I use the following tracking system for "Accountable Talk/Participation":
POINTS: Each student starts the day with 20 points (100 points per week – 100%.) POINTS DROP AS FOLLOWS: Unexcused Absence = -10 per day; Unpreparedness (missing books or supplies) = -5; Disruptive Behavior (not following classroom expectations/rules) = -5 to -20; Lack of Accountable Talk/Participation in the lesson: -5 to -10. Please preview the September Chart for clarification. To make the system easy to use while teaching a lesson, I only record negative points on the chart. A blank box would indicate the student earned/did not lose any of his or her 20 points for the day. If at the end of a 5-day school week the student has 3 blank boxes, 1 box with -15 and 1 box with -10, I would record a grade of 75% in the week total box. I input a Participation Grade for students in my Grade Book online once a week. A student who cuts class for the week would only earn a weekly grade of 50/100, a failing grade. Likewise, a student who attends class every day during the week, but never contributes during the lesson or sleeps would earn some points, yet still a failing grade of 50/100 at the end of the week.
There are 30 name slots, but a few extra could be squeezed in if necessary. Each chart also has a place to record the period and weekly class averages. These charts provide excellent clipboard data that administrators will love!! You might also blow them up into posters and post them on a bulletin board or wall in order to build motivation and/or create a spirit of competition between classes.