I can’t take credit for this because it was an idea that I got from a good friend who teaches junior high Math, but I wanted to share it because I think it’s great.
When a student misbehaves, he calls the student up to his desk, opens a Word document, and has a “text” conversation with the student. He says he likes it because it eliminates the possibility of other students eavesdropping on the conversation and removes the need for him to ask the student to leave the room. When the conversation is over, he dates and saves the file. Boom. Instant documentation.
I like that it requires the students to think about their responses and may reduce defensive and emotional outbursts. He pointed out that it works well because students are very comfortable with this form of communication, and I like the fact that there is a written record of what was said.