So many times I take my students to special areas or lunch and they are fine, but when I come back to get them it is total chaos. Why can’t they behave without me being there? I have had to tell my students year after year that all teachers need to be respected the way they respect me. I have even had to assure one of my students that the art teacher can read (why a third grader thought she couldn’t I have no clue). My students seem to lose their minds when they are without me, why? And how can I fix this?
I started something simple that has worked wonders for each class. I carry a clip board (actually a student carries it) to special areas and lunch for other teachers to mark behavior on. Yep, that’s it. A clipboard.
I put a document that has all of their names on it with a spot for each day of the week, or each special area (I actually have two different sheets on the clipboard). The other teachers can put a check or note on the sheet. Many times if their is a mark on the page I seek out the teacher who wrote it to get the full story. I have made documentation notes during these talks for RTI or IEP data.
In the three years I have used the clipboard I would say I have only had a handful of instances where a name has been marked. I truly think my students equate the clipboard being in the room to me being in the room. I hold them accountable for what the clipboard says and their are consequences. It sounds too simple, and I am not saying it works for everyone (because I know some people who do not like it-which is totally fine), but it definitely works for me.
Here is a link to by editable and FREE checklists. I hope this helps!