This may be the best money you spend today! The Pink Slip was invented as a simple and effective way to manage and document discipline issues.
Print on pink paper and explain to students that you will be issuing "Pink Slips" to those who break classroom rules or cause issues in the classroom. Explain that a pink slip is often given to an employee when they are fired from their job. Since you cannot actually "fire" a student, explain that you will be using a pink slip to document misbehavior or issues that keep a student from doing their "job", which is learning.
Explain that anyone who is issued a pink slip, must read the marked offense, sign his or her name, write in a telephone number and their parent's name and immediately return the slip to you. It's important to stress to students that pink slips will be attached to discipline referrals and shown to parents as needed.
As you teach, keep pink slips within easy reach. When a student breaks a rule or is not on task, issue a pink slip by simply marking the offense on the slip and handing it to the student. This can often be done without losing teaching momentum. The student should quickly complete the form and return it to you. If the offense is something the student said, make sure they've written down exactly what he or she said so you'll have a record of that as well.
Follow through is an important part of any discipline plan. Do attach a copy of the pink slips should you need to write a referral. This is your documentation and shows your efforts to correct the problem. During parent conferences, pink slips go a long way to show parents that there are very specific issues that need to be addressed with their child. Laying out several completed pink slips can have an eye-opening effect on parents and help you get their support.
Pink Slips were created by Debra Gastelum, a middle school teacher, and have been implemented successfully on a school-wide basis for almost two decades. Pink Slips have also made their way to elementary and high school classrooms in the same county where Debra teaches, having spread through word of mouth.
*This elementary version was created at teacher request! Wording has been adjusted to be more elementary friendly and there are two versions to use. One can be sent home for a parent signature and the other follows the standard description explained above.
(The file is designed to be printed on pink paper. The image shown is pink only as an example.)