How many different management systems have we all tried in our rooms? Over the past 18 years I've lost count for myself. As my philosophy and pedagogy have continually shifted, so has management. I so love what I've been doing the past several years though. Sure, it may change in the future, but it feels like home right now.
Over the years I've gradually gone from 5 to 3 to 1 rule. It's all Love and Logic's fault that I'm down to one and only one, but I'm not sure I need others when one covers all the bases.
Then combine my one rule with Debbie Diller's document system from Literacy Work Stations. Each child's name is written on an index card that's attached to a clipboard. I make notes throughout the day concerning behavior that are later transferred to this clipboard for safe keeping. It's pretty slick to keep all my notes in one place that can easily go home and back again.
The privacy factor is probably my favorite part of the whole deal. There are no public records kept of the wrongs of others. Yep, it feels like home and hopefully feels like home to my kids too.