The Red Book is one of the first steps of my classroom discipline consequences. This is a good documentation of student behavior that is written by the student.
At the start of the year, I create a binder that is the "Red Book" (it is red). I make one of these pages for each student by writing their name and ID number at the top and file them behind tabs by class period.
During class, when a student misbehaves, I can easily grab the Red Book, turn to the class period and find that student's page. I fill in the date and write something in the teacher comments like "yelled out in class without raising hand after being reminded twice". Then I hand the book to the student (or take out their page and hand it to them), they sign their name, check one box or more, and write a comment if they wish.
I used to use a red book that was more like a sign-in sheet with columns for "name", "date", "reason for signing" where many students would sign on the same page. I created this version to eliminate the following issues:
-I don't like students seeing what other students have written in the Red Book. By creating an individual page for each student, I eliminate the problem of students seeing and commenting on other students' entries.
-I don't like digging and searching when I need documentation on a particular student. When I want to see if/when/why a student has signed, it is as easy as finding their page.
-I use the check boxes because it limits the options. I used to allow students to write their own reasons for signing and would get responses like "nothing", "IDK", "Joe was calling me", "I wasn't the only one", etc. The check boxes make it so that the student must realize the legitimate reason for signing, and the student comment area gives them a place to say what they feel they need to say.