I have had years where it was mandated to do this and other years where it was my choice. Having done it both ways, it is my opinion that it works best without daily communication. Why?
- Parents don't need to know each time a child is in timeout and why. It becomes a "you are picking on my child battle" with some parents. I would rather notify parents after a child has had several tough days or done something sever that warrants a phone call. Then they are more likely to help.
- It takes more time for the teacher to call, e-mail, or write a note about each child who has a difficult day.
- Children are having to do something independent at the end of the school day so you have the time to mark the planners or calendars. This takes away valuable instruction time.
- It sends mixed signals home. When I would mark a child had a yellow day, the parent would give the child a consequence at home. Yellow for many of us simply means the child received a warning. Last year, I had children who would cry when they were on yellow because they would get in trouble at home, even though, I made parents aware that yellow was only a warning.
- Children tend to be much happier in school without a daily behavior report.
- Many parents don't even look at the calendar or planner.
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