August 29, 2002
When I was a fifth grade teacher, I kept what I called a Blackmail File. When a student repeated minor misbehaviors, I had a conference with the student and we wrote up what had been happening and came up with a plan. We both signed and dated the write-up, which went in the Blackmail File. If the misbehavior cleared up, nothing happened. If misbehavior continued, then I had a conference with the parent and the student. During the conference, anything in the Blackmail File was brought up and discussed. Most of the time the students appreciated having a chance to clean up their act.