Thursday, July 16, 2015

Class Dojo Update, Q&A, and a GIVEAWAY!

Hey y'all!  Over the past couple of weeks I've had some questions from teachers about how I use Class Dojo in my classroom and utilizing my Class Dojo Super Pack.  I had done a blog post back in February when I first ditched the clip chart, but I've changed a few things since then and didn't quite explain it all clearly the first time, so I'm back to try again!
In the past, I've kept all my behavior charts and/or Class Dojo materials on the closet door at the back of my room.  This year, I've moved it to one of the square bulletin boards at the front of my classroom.  Here is my new bulletin board:

This Class Dojo bulletin board houses pretty much all of our Class Dojo "stuff".  In the bottom left corner, you'll see my Dojo Store.  I chose 12 items (tangible rewards and experiences) that my kids will have to choose from at this time.  I will change these out every few weeks - take some off and add some other rewards - there will most likely be some that will stay for at least 2 "cycles" in a row, if not more.
The reward tickets were printed and are housed in regular sized library pockets.  The library pocket covers fit just over top of the library pockets and I used some velcro dots to attach them to the library pocket, as well as put a staple on each side of the pocket cover so that it would lay flat.
My plan for the tickets is for the kids to bring them to me when they want to purchase that item/experience so that I know what they are purchasing as well as take it off of their Dojo Credit Card balance.  I will then put the tickets back in the pocket to be reused later (saving some copies!).

Above my Dojo Store, I have my Class Dojo Leader of the Week.  Each Friday when we are packing up, I will see which child had the most points during the week and they will get to be the Leader of the Week for the next week.
I have printed out little Class Dojo monsters from Class Dojo's online resources - the Leader of the Week will get to choose one of these monsters and I will use a sharpie to write their name on this monster and add it to our bulletin board.  The Leader of the Week also gets a Brag Tag and a certificate - if they are LOTW multiple times, they get a brag tag each time they are LOTW!

Going up the right side of the bulletin board, as well as kind of taking over the top, is my Class Dojo point club.  This is something new that I'm adding this year!
Every couple weeks I will check on my kiddos' total points in the Class Dojo Reports and use printed mini Class Dojo monsters to show which club the kiddos belong in.  For each level of the club, they will also receive a Brag Tag!
100-1000 point club certificates (printed on colored paper) and brag tags.

Their Class Dojo credit card is a laminated card with their name on the front and their signature on the back - like a real credit card.  I have them sign their cards before I laminate.  Since it is laminated, that allows me to use a sharpie and a Mr. Clean eraser to write their balance and erase to change the balance as they add to or take from their balance.
When I give my kiddos their credit cards, I explain to them that this is like a real credit card that their parents may have and that they have to be responsible to take very good care of their card.  I explain to them that if they lose their card, they can't just "get" another one.  There is a penalty for losing their card.  I know this isn't quite how it works in the real world, but they have to learn some responsibility sometime!  When I find credit cards laying on the floor in the classroom, I take them and hide them from the student until they come to me and ask for their card.  When I give them their card back, I explain to them that it is very important to take care of their card and that there is a monetary penalty for losing their card and getting it back - I usually take 10-15 dojo dollars for returning credit cards.  Call me mean - but I want them to treat their credit cards just like real money.
I also only let them spend the money that they have loaded on their card - no racking up a big credit card bill!

**Note - Clipart on credit cards IS NOT included on the set in my TPT store.  You will have to download the clipart and add to the credit cards if you want the look I have above.**

Q&A:
When do your students cash out their Dojo points to add to their Dojo Credit Card?
I have four tables in my classroom and I have assigned each table one day of the week that they are allowed to cash out their points.  I allow them to cash out their points during morning arrival and morning work time and then again during lunch (we eat lunch in our classroom so this works for me).  So, I should have around 6 students cashing out each day.  When they cash out, I quickly add/subtract the points they have on their behavior graphing sheet, total them up, and use a sharpie to add this amount to the back of their credit card.  This takes about 1 minute per student, so it really is not taking up much time during the day.  If a student (or myself) is absent, I either use our extra day during the week, or let them cash out on a day other than their table's assigned day.
When can your students purchase items from the Dojo Store?
I let them purchase items/experiences any day of the week - but it has to be during morning work time or lunch time.  I don't want this to be interrupting instruction, so I restrict it to these times of the day.  If your kiddos stay in our room during dismissal in the afternoon, you could do this during that time while they wait for their bus or car.
Why do you reset your students' points daily?
This is something I have always done.  Previously, when I had my 7-layered clip chart,  my kiddos would start out each day on green.  Once they had 3 positive points they would move up to blue, 6 points they would move to purple, and 10 pink.  So, I would reset to 0 daily because of this.  I also like the idea of a fresh start each day.  I know that all my kiddos aren't going to be perfect and there are going to be some that are not going to have a great day once in a while.  If they leave with negative points, I want them to come in the next day with a fresh start back at zero.  Otherwise, they already feel defeated before stepping into my classroom and that is NOT how I want them to feel about school.  Class Dojo is all about noticing the positive things that your kiddos are doing rather than just focusing on the negative, so I try my best to do that as well.
If you reset your points daily, how do you check their totals for the 100-1000 Club and Leader of the Week?
Class Dojo is super great for reports!  First, click on the Reports page at the top of our Class Dojo screen. 

That will take you to this page.  
Then, you'll want to change the date to your desired date.  For LOTW, I change it to that current week.  For 100-1000 point club, I choose All Time.
Then you'll want to go over to the student column on the lefthand side and use the drop-down box to choose Highest Combined.  This will take into account both positive and negative points and will sort them from most points to least points.  This way you can see who is the Leader of the Week each week and check the total points for each student for the 100-1000 point club.
How do you get your parents and students to set up online accounts?
You may (or may not) know that Class Dojo will send out weekly reports to your kiddos' parents each Friday to parents who have set up an online account.  Fortunately for me, I am at a great school with lots of parental support.  This year, I had every parent set up an account.  Did all of them monitor the accounts on a regular basis?  No, probably not.  All but one of my kiddos had their own account as well.  It was much easier to get the kiddos to set up an account because they want to be able to personalize their monster and that is the only way they can do it.  I also encourage my parents to set up accounts and will pester email them until they do so - haha!  They don't have to set up an account online, but it is very beneficial for them to be able to track their students during the day and get the weekly reports - in addition to seeing their child's daily graph that I send home in their COLLEGE notebook.
Yes, I've had parents who monitor their child's behavior during the day and send me messages on Class Dojo messenger about what their child is doing and messages that I need to relay to their child to straighten up!
What other questions do you have?  Please ask them below and I'll add them to the blog post!
How did you get the Class Dojo Monsters on all the items you have pictured above?  The set you have on TPT doesn't have the monsters?
The set I have listed on TPT includes editable parts.  I had to remove the monsters from the set after I originally posted it because of copyright, so I made the set so that you can add the monsters if you wish.  There is a set of pages in the pack on TPT that does not have the monsters and then there is an editable file that has space on the items to add pictures directly from the Class Dojo website.  The link to these items is included.  So, you have the option to add the monsters or not.


Now, I'm giving away one of my Class Dojo Super Pack sets to one lucky reader!  Complete the Rafflecopter below to enter!
Be sure to check back on July 21st, August 1st, and August 5th!  I've teamed up with Class Dojo to share some new features that they will be releasing on these three dates - they're going to be great!!


78 comments:

  1. This pack looks great! So many wonderful ideas in your post this morning. My fingers are crossed!!!! I would also like to know more about how you manage the brag tags? I would like to start using them this year, but need some ideas on the management of them! Thanks!
    Emily
    scheinbere@hotmail.com

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  2. This looks fantastic! I really love your ideas, especially the prize pockets. I'm crossing my fingers on this one. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. Love, love, love the Dojo credit cards!!!!!

    Deanna
    A Primary Owl

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  4. Hello - I am new to Class Dojo. This pack looks really cute and you have lots of great ideas to help get me started. How do the kids earn dollars? Is this just the points they earn each day? When do you add the dollars onto their credit cards (each day...end of the week?)

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    1. Yes, their dollars they earn are converted to points. I let them "cash out", or convert their points to dollars to add to their credit cards on their assigned table's day during morning work or during lunch time.

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    2. During this time, do they also have a chance to pick out their "prize" too?

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    3. "Q&A:
      When do your students cash out their Dojo points to add to their Dojo Credit Card?
      I have four tables in my classroom and I have assigned each table one day of the week that they are allowed to cash out their points. I allow them to cash out their points during morning arrival and morning work time and then again during lunch (we eat lunch in our classroom so this works for me). So, I should have around 6 students cashing out each day. When they cash out, I quickly add/subtract the points they have on their behavior graphing sheet, total them up, and use a sharpie to add this amount to the back of their credit card. This takes about 1 minute per student, so it really is not taking up much time during the day. If a student (or myself) is absent, I either use our extra day during the week, or let them cash out on a day other than their table's assigned day.
      When can your students purchase items from the Dojo Store?
      I let them purchase items/experiences any day of the week - but it has to be during morning work time or lunch time. I don't want this to be interrupting instruction, so I restrict it to these times of the day. If your kiddos stay in our room during dismissal in the afternoon, you could do this during that time while they wait for their bus or car."

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    4. Thanks!! So, you have students keep track of how many points they have on a separate sheet of paper? Do you also keep track of the students point totals on paper? and then my LAST question, each time the students "cash out", do you reset their points online?

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  5. Yes, there is a tracking graph sheet in my set that my students use each day to graph their points. There is a spot at the bottom where I total up their points. That is the only paper record of their points so they have to be responsible to keep up with it. I reset points daily. So they have to keep up with their behavior sheet so that they can get their dollars on their assigned day.

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  6. I have some quick questions:
    How many points do you load at a time? Do you only load points from the tracking sheet? And, is that how you keep up with what they can spend?

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    1. I load their points based on their daily graph/tracking sheet. If they lose their graphing sheet, then they basically lose those points before they get added to the card. They learn to take care of that sheet! They can spend the points that are loaded onto their card.

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    2. Thanks for your quick reply!! Love this class dojo!

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    3. I thought of something else. When they receive a negative point for the day, do you subtract it from the total on the graphing sheet? For example: 3 positive points and 1 negative
      So, is the total for that day 2????

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    4. The graph their total points for the day. So yes, they would graph 2.

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  7. When do your students typically reach the 1000 point club? The majority of mine are in 200 right now. I'm worried about what will happen to their motivation if they all hit 1000 points too early in the school year. I would appreciate your advice! Thank you!

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    1. We just started our 2nd nine weeks and I had one finish 1st quarter with 300 points. Most of there rest were in mid 200s. This is the first year I am keeping track of it. Last year I didn't look until the last week or so of school and decided to do this this year. I had about 8 who had 100 or more by the end of the year. I may have to go beyond 1000 point club depending on how they are progressing. So I may have mine start back over at "100" but we'll know is "1100", or I may make new cards to note "1100 point club" and so on.

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  8. How do you take the points away when they cash them in? For example, if they turn in 20 points for line leader where can I deduct those points from their monster?? Thanks!

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  9. I reset the points daily on Class Dojo. My students graph their points and then once a week they can "cash out" their points and I add that amount to their Dojo Credit Card. They can only spend the money they have on their card. So if a student has 10 points, and when they cash out, I add 35, they have $45 to spend. If they were to buy line leader for $20, I would deduct that 20 from the 45 on their card and they would have $25 left to spend on their card. I don't take points on their accounts online because it will mess with their percentages and parents would freak.

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    1. Ahhh.. Gotcha!! Thanks for the quick response!!

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  10. How do you find the time to put their dojo points up throughout the day? I teach second grade as well.

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    1. I just make time. I try to give points when my kids transition during rounds of Daily 5 or math centers. I'll start by selecting the whole class and then take off students who don't earn a point for the round so then when it's time to transition, I just give the points and move on. If I'm teaching during the lesson and I need to take a point, I have started writing that child's class number on the board as a warning and then putting checkmarks beside it for continued poor choices. Then when the kids are transitioning back to their seats from the carpet, I'll take the points. I also utilize the app on my phone so that I can give points on the go instead of having to remember and run back to my computer.

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  11. This is the best! One question: How do you handle behavior when you have a sub? Do you just have the sub make a list of who was going above and beyond and who was not making great choices, and then give points the next day based on that feedback?

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    1. I usually just leave good notes for my sub about Class Dojo and how to use it and let them give/take points. Class Dojo is an integral part of my classroom management and so I try to not "not do it" because I'm not there. Our subs are usually parents as well, so they have experience with the parent side of CD.

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  12. I am loving this credit card system, however, I'm a little concerned about taking away the option to practice with "money". "Money" aids in counting, addition and subtraction but it can be so time consuming! (Thus my lure to the credit card!) What are your thoughts on using a credit card vs money? I teach first grade.

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    1. When I first began brainstorming using Class Dojo with an economy system, I did look into and give a lot of thought to using money. However, I knew my kids would lose the money, I would have to be constantly copying more money for them, and like you said, it would be so very time consuming. Today, kids see their parents sliding their plastic probably more so than using cash, so the idea of the credit card came to me. But unlike a real credit card, they cannot rack up debt - I only let them spend the money they have. So I guess I really treat it more like a debit card rather than a credit card. I personally like and use the credit card over money/bills, but to each teacher their own.

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    2. Thank you for you input! I bought your Super Pack and cannot wait to use it next year! Thank you so much for such a great resource!!

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  13. Do you give them dollars based on how many dojo points they have?

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    1. Yes, they get one dojo dollar for each point they earn. And lose dollars as well.

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  14. Do you have a chart system that still that tells parents what color they are in?

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    1. I used to use a clip chart {https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Behavior-Clip-Chart-with-Behavior-Hall-of-Fame-Monthly-Behavior-Reports-1297411} that coordinated with dojo points, but I no longer use a color clip chart.

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  15. I used your Class Dojo system and LOVE IT! At the end of the day I posted the class points and everyone was able to see each others points. I teach 2nd grade. What would be a better way for them finding out their daily points?

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  16. I used your Class Dojo system and LOVE IT! At the end of the day I posted the class points and everyone was able to see each others points. I teach 2nd grade. What would be a better way for them finding out their daily points?

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    1. I don't have a better system for showing them their points than what you are already doing. I show them their points throughout the day, which sometimes gives some the boost they need. We do spend a lot of time at the beginning of the year talking about how we are not going to talk about how many points others have and why. And we do congratulate those who earn a lot of points in a day. To me, it's just like a clip chart where everyone can see it, and they know who has misbehaved all day without having to see the points or a clip chart.

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  17. I LOVE LOVE LOVE how you use ClassDojo in your classroom.
    I have been using ClassDojo since I started teaching, but every year change how my students can spent their points. I am definitely planning on using some of your ideas for the upcoming year!

    2 questions:
    What is the "graphing behavior sheet"?
    What types of behaviors do you award/take points for on Dojo?

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    1. The graphing behavior sheet is a sheet that students graph their daily points on. They graph their points above the correct date.
      I give and take points for a variety of things, some of which are based around our school/classroom rules. After the first couple weeks of school, my kids and I have a "meeting" and we personalize what they think they should earn and lose points for.

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  19. Would you consider making a short video explaining how your students record on the graphs and the cashing out process? As well as how you model this. I love your pack and i want o make sure I fully understand before implementing. You can email me at jones.kelli123@gmail.com

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  20. Hi Allyson!
    I'm just about to start my final placement and absolutely LOVE this idea!

    I purchased and downloaded it from Teachers Pay Teachers but when I opened the files, I can open the PowerPoint files but when I go to open the pdf file it says that the page is no longer available.

    Is it possible for you email the pdf file?
    Email: tca123463@tabor.edu.au

    Thankyou SO much! :)

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  21. What do they do with the brag tag?

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    1. Brag Tags are necklaces that students wear. My students wear their brag tags each Friday. I have even done brag tag "key chains" that students put on their book bags or lunch boxes instead of having a necklace.

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    2. Love that idea as well. I think I'm going to start with the point clubs and leave out the cc for now simply because they understand point clubs from ar and will earn brag tags for dojo the way they earn medals for ar. I'll probably even put the reports in the same place so students may see where they are at. ;-)

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  22. Hello Allyson!! I am a new third grade teacher and I just stumbled upon your blog! I absolutely love your class dojo management system and I love that you are teaching them about money (and the value of it) through this system. It is a nice hybrid between class management and teaching the kids money management. I am just curious, when the students choose to purchase form the dojo store, do you deduct the money by writing it on their graphing sheet and their credit card, or do you just quickly write their new balance on their credit card after the purchase has been made? Thanks! :)

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    1. Hi Mackenzie - I use a sharpie and a Mr. Clean eraser on their credit card. I will erase their old balance, deduct the amount of their purchase and then write the new balance with a sharpie. I don't write anything on their graph other than their total when they cash out each week.

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  23. Hi There:

    I am so excited about the Class Dojo System you have in place. I would love some ideas on how to apply that to 3rd Grade. We are departmentalized. I will be teaching Math/Science. I am trying to figure out the best way to keep up with the kiddos points and to allow them to purchase items from the store.
    I will have 2 different classes. My Co-Teacher and I have decided that I will handle the store since I teach Math. But we are trying to make it easier for both the teachers and students to keep up with points and and decide shopping days.
    We want to reset points at the end of each day. Everyone deserves a fresh start. But what are your thoughts on keeping up with points and shopping days?

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    1. Hi - I am not departmentalized, so I don't know the best way to make it work for you, but my kids graph their points daily, on a graphing sheet to keep track of the points. I assign my kids a cash-out day by their classroom number. I let them shop any day of the week, but you could also allow them to only shop on their assigned day.

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  24. I absolutely love this idea! What do your kiddos do with/ put the brag tags when they get them?

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    1. My kiddos put their brag tags on a necklace to wear on Fridays. They take their necklace home at the end of the year.

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    2. Also, do your students hold onto the dojo credit cards and write the new amount on them or do you?

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    3. I make the kiddos be responsible for their credit card. If they lose their card, they can ask for a new one, but there is a "penalty" - if they knew they had, let's say $55, on their card, when I make a new card and give to them, they may only have $40 now. My kiddos have binders that they take to and from school each day and there is a zipper pouch inside their binder - I tell them to keep their card there so they don't lose it. I write the amounts on the card. They cash out once a week and since the cards are laminated, I write on them in Sharpie and can erase to change the balance with a Mr. Clean eraser.

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    4. Thanks so much for your replies! i can't wait to start this with my kiddos this year!!

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  25. Love Dojo and this idea! In your pack do you have your Credit Card dollars converted into points? Or is it $1 for 1 point?

    Also, do students take their graphs home- are they in their take home folders so parents see their points daily- if they don't go online to look?

    Thanks!

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    1. Yes it's $1 for 1 point. The kids do take their graphs home each day. Parents will also check online!

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  26. Love this! I still have a clip system in my room and I'm trying to use that with the class dojo points. I still have a few questions about the graphs. Do the students keep those in their college notebooks? When do you have them fill out their graphs? Do you do it whole class or individually? Where do the students keep their credit cards?

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    1. Yes students keep their graphs in their COLLEGE notebooks. We fill out our groans right before packing up to go home. It's part of our pack up routine.! Each student fills their own graph out but we all do it at the same time. They keep their credit cards and the zipper pouch of their COLLEGE notebook.

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  27. Love this resource pack! When your kids fill out their behavior graphing sheet, how do they know how many points they have acquired throughout the day? Do you call them over individually to let them know their point value for that day or do you have all their bubbles up for them to record on their sheet?

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    1. I have all their bubbles up on the board and they fill it out at the end of the day.

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  28. I love how you use Class Dojo! I purchased your pack on TpT and am getting it set up for my third graders! I am contemplating using the credit card system. I love it but am worried my kids will constantly lose their cards. Where do your students store their credit card/point tracker? I was thinking each student could use a small pencil pack just for class dojo supplies. I would love your advice. Thanks! - Amanda

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  29. Hi there! I have my dojo store ready to use this year in my second grade room! I am so excited to use it! The only thing I am missing are the brag tags and the monsters. Where can I get the ones in your picture?? Thank you!
    Liz

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    1. Hi Liz,

      I have free brag tags in my TPT store for Class Dojo. Just search brag tags in my store.
      The monsters were from Class Dojo's website. I just downloaded and sized to my desired size in PowerPoint and printed.

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  31. I have question. I just bought the pack and am super excited to use it. But I'm nervous about the tracking graph sheet. How do you show the students who had points taken way so they can graph it? I've used class dojo in the past but never to this extent. Do you quickly go through online to have them graph their lost points? I'm trying to envision how I can do this for them without taking up too much time.

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    1. Hi Abby - my students only graph their total number of points that they leave with at the end of the day. I do not have them graph positives and negatives separately. As we are packing up, I display the website so everyone can see their points and graph their total. Pretty much all of my parents are connected to our class and they can see the positive and negative points.

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    2. OK great, I guess I'm just caught up on the negative points section of the graph. Is that there just to recognize that points may have been taken way? Do you ever utilize it- if so, how?

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    3. I only utilize the - part of the graph when a student ends below zero - I had a couple end up at -1 this week, so they colored below the zero line. You could have them color the positive points above the line and the negative below the line if you want them to color both. I have always just done the combined, even before I started using this graph.

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  32. Is there a parent letter for this that you could share? I'm starting this soon and would like to send parents a letter about how it will work.

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    1. I do not have a parent letter explaining the reward system. Class Dojo has resources you can Douro share with parents though.

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  33. What size are the library pockets? I am looking on amazon and they have a few sizes I just want to make sure to get the right ones :)

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    1. As stated above, these are for regular sized, or standard, library pockets. I believe they are about 3.25" wide and 4.5" tall - or something close to that. Like these - http://www.creativeteaching.com/product/bw-collection-library-pockets-standard

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  34. Credit Cards do not print well :( On the print preview the only thing that shows up is the student's name and the date. None of the thing information on the right side appears. Could there be something wrong with the settings?

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    1. Try saving the pages that you want to print as a PDF and then print the PDF rather than printing from PowerPoint. The background with the front and backs of the cards is saved as the background image, so it should come up in the print preview, but I find printing from PowerPoint doesn't always want to cooperate.

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  35. I did this in my second grade class last year and it was a hit. However this coming year I will be teaching kindergarten. Do you think this will still work?

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    1. I don't know Kinder but I think if you made some modifications you could definitely work some ornall of this with them.

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  36. Cash out day is kinda like pay day in the real world :)

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  37. What kinds of things are in your treasure box?

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    1. Stuff that parents send in - toys from Target Dollar Spot, happy meal stuff, little things from dollar Tree.

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