Hi friends! Are you as frazzled as I am?? Lord have mercy…end of the year is SO stressful!!
Each day I get excited about having 14 days left and frantic that I only have 14 days to get everything done! I can’t wait to spend my days with my puppy, my online buddies, and my sweet brother. Of course my husband too, but that punk doesn’t get home until late anyway. 🙂
Last summer, I read Positive Discipline and it totally wrecked my world. It changed the way I saw behavior management in my classroom, and challenged me to find new ways to connect with my students and encourage good behavior. I got rid of my clip chart, Class Dojo, and lots of other things. I tried to focus on whole class rewards, and have individual conferences. I still TOTALLY believe in this…I haven’t given that up. 🙂 BUT my sweeties had been begging me to use Class Dojo…they use it in specials. And I honestly felt like there were times in our day that they weren’t learning as much as they could because our class was getting a little c-r-a-z-y. I saw this photo from the Science Penguin and it really struck a chord with me.
It reminded me that there isn’t ONE way to manage a classroom…each classroom is different, and sometimes each month in each classroom is different! So I decided to give Class Dojo another shot. But I was determined NOT to just use it as a way to ding my kiddos 3 times a day for doing something wrong. I have a few tips for how I have implemented it these past 2 weeks, and a fun tip on changing their avators that I learned from one of my littles!
First…I do not have a limit to the number of points they can get in a day. I also don’t restart it everyday! They love adding them up and I love that they work hard for days (or weeks) for rewards.
Like I said, I give a LOT of points, hahaha! This group needs constant reinforcement, so it works great! I have no idea how many I give in a day, but I try to give them all day long…ESPECIALLY when I am doing something like guided reading…I can keep my group going uninterrupted, and give immediate feedback to kiddos reading independently.
I know the whole “everyone gets a trophy” philosophy is not for everyone. And my kids do NOT all have tons of points. But I do my best to make sure that all my sweeties can get points during the day. One of my little friends has a very hard time staying in control of his body. He loves to run, jump, karate kick, etc. 🙂 So…there are times in our day that he is just being calm. And I reward him for that…because for him, that is trying! Of course, he has far fewer points than some of my kiddos with stellar behavior. But I don’t ever want a baby to go a whole day without hearing great job and being rewarded for that!
I love the data piece of Dojo!! For us…we aim to have 90% positive by Friday. If we do, we get extra time playing outside. They think its for them…but it’s really more for me! It keeps me accountable that I am constantly finding ways my students are being successful. You can also look at individual kiddos…this is GREAT data. You can use it for RTI and also for self-reflection. If one of my babies has a big percentage of negative points, I know that I have been focusing on that too much. He might truly be slipping up that many times, but no one wants to work for someone who is constantly criticizing. We want to work for people who make us feel proud!
And now for the big tip…I knew they could change their avatars. But I thought that just meant changing to a different Class Dojo monster. I was SO wrong. One of my kiddos taught me how to do this…his family actually has their own account. I love it! 🙂 So here are step by step directions!
Ignore “add your students.” You just click the one you want to change :).
SO fun! Our Class Homepage looks like Disney Princess, Pokemon, and Mortal Kombat threw up all over it! And I love it! I hope these tips are helpful to you! I’m sure there are tons of other Dojo tips I don’t know about! I can’t wait to hear your fabulous Dojo ideas!