This is a management log that previous students have nicknamed "The Blotter." The name has stuck. :) This is a template for a log sheet that I keep on the whiteboard near the door of my classroom. It is a student-tracking management system.
How it works is this: If a student enters my class after class starts, they sign their name on the blotter with the code of "T" for tardy. If they don't have homework, pencil, calculator, etc, the sign the blotter with a "M" for missing material. If they are asked to stop misbehaving and they do not, the sign a "B" for behavior. Students sign it themselves so that they remember they are on the list. I bring this log to conferences so I can share with the parents if there is a problem. (It's an extremely convenient way to log the three problem areas I've listed above--very little effort on the teacher's part!) Then, at the end of the term, I use the blotter to help me determine the students' participation grade. Each time their name shows up, I subtract 2% participation. There is no way to "make up" those lost points.
This was the best management tool I've ever added to my classroom. It almost completely stopped tardies and it really helped the students who have disruptive behavior tame themselves while in my classroom. It was, you could say, a lifesaver for me! If you have any questions about this one, please ask me. I'd be glad to talk about it in more detail, if you have questions!