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Log Books

A log book is a way to record and keep track of events in your classroom. Log books are important classroom management tools that can be used in a variety of ways such as recording tardy students entering the classroom, communication with students’ parents, and student-teacher conferences. Some log books may be used by the students, whereas others are for use by the teacher only.

How to use

1. Determine type of log book(s)

There are many different types of log books. An Attendance Log Book can be used in order to keep track of tardies and absences, whereas a Parent Communication Log Book can be used to record contact with parents. Determine the log books that will best suit the needs of your classroom.

2. Set up the book(s)

Be sure that the Log Book is set up and organized for consistent use. Many teachers keep one log book with tabs for items that students record (tardies, bathroom trips, make-up work) and another log book with tabs for teacher use only.

3. Record data

The most important step is to record data consistently. When students are in charge of recording data (in a tardy book or make-up log, for example), be sure to teach students exactly what and when to write in the books and do periodic spot-checks to be sure information is accurate.

When to use

Log books can be set up at any time of the year when a need is identified. If the log is one that students will use, they must be taught how and when to use it.


Tutorials Log Book

A log book can be used to record when students attend tutorials, including before and after school as well as lunch tutorials.

Discipline Log Book

Record discipline steps taken with each student in a log book. Items that can be recorded: re-directs in the classroom, student-teacher conferences, phone calls to parents, referrals or contact with administration.

Classroom Visitor Log Book

Keep track of visitors in the classroom, including parents, other teachers, administrators, Special Education staff, etc. Visitors sign the log book with the times they enter and leave the classroom. For elementary students, this could be an opportunity for student participation and even added as a classroom job.

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