In my room we will be utilizing RESPECT strips. This is a piece of paper with the word RESPECT written down the left side. Letters are crossed off by the student when they haven't completed their homework or had their agenda signed. During the school day if a child has to be talked to about a certain behavior, the child will cross out a letter and write next to it why it was lost. This usually only occurs after he or she has been warned about the particular behavior. I have found this to be an effective way of handling classroom problems because it lets the student see how often they have been spoken to. It also works well because if the child loses all the letters before the end of the week, the slip must be taken home and signed. This is where you come into the picture.
The RESPECT strip only works if I have parents’ and guardians’ cooperation. The child must know that you are going to take the strips seriously, and I ask that you and your child come up with an appropriate disciplinary measure in case a slip should happen to come home. Without your support the strips quickly lose their value. IF a slip should happen to come home, it’s not the end of the world. We all have rough weeks now and then. And for most of the parents who read this letter, you will never see one. There are certain students though that really benefit from having something like this in place.
Another beneficial thing that comes out of this for the student is the chance to be in the running for a prize at the end of the week if the RESPECT strip is not sent home. The students always enjoy this particular part of the strips.
I appreciate you working with me in order to provide your child with the best possible learning environment.