Here's the gospel truth - despite your best efforts, you're going to have kiddos misbehaving every day. But. You're also going to have students doing a good job every day. So, over the years, my behavior notes have evolved into something a little more elaborate.
There are three golden rules of my consequence system: 1. Consequences are only for breaking the rules, not for not following a procedure. The consequence for not following a procedure is ALWAYS to practice doing the procedure correctly; 2. Start over every day. Consequences do not carry over from the previous day. Students enter my classroom with a clean slate; and 3. I only move through the levels for the same behavior. For example, if a student is talking to a friend during independent work and I give a warning, and then later the same student is running down the hall, I will still give a warning because these are different behaviors. I'll also add that I do not use this same system for chronic misbehavior or really big misbehaviors, like bullying, fighting, stealing, etc.
Lemme break it down for you. Level 1 is just ONE warning. I am very consistent about this because I want my students to take responsibility for their learning. The end goal of this system is to very rarely have to go past Level 1. If my students know that I'm only giving them one warning, every time, they are more likely to redirect their behavior after one warning. (clear as mud?)
If you try this out in your classroom, let me know how it goes! Until next time, Happy Teaching!