Monday, August 24, 2015

21 Days in...how we are using Class Dojo!

Well, friends, today was the 21st day of school for me!  It's hard to believe that we are practically half way through the first quarter of the school year.  Assessments will be done by the end of the week which I will be so happy about!  Anywho...once I got my kiddos into the groove of using Class Dojo, we added some new fun things and I let them have some say in how we are giving/taking points, so I wanted to share that with you.
The first week - I stayed ALL POSITIVE on Class Dojo - my kiddos didn't even know what the negative point sound sounded like until the middle of the second week of school.  I really wanted to focus on the positive and teaching students the expectations of what they should and should not do.  I also used that week to say, "next time, we will lose a dojo point for that action". 
The first couple week of school my positive and negative actions for points were pretty generic and somewhat matched our classroom rules, which are the WBT 5 classroom rules.  After about 2 and a half weeks of school, we had a Dojo work lunch (since we eat lunch in our classrooms) and we, as a class, adjusted the behaviors for positive and negative points.  
Here is what we ended up with:



Now, you know working with 7-year-olds meant they wanted to get really specific, and sometimes silly on these behaviors.  I couldn't put all of their ideas or we would have 20+ positive and negatives each, so I had to convince them that we group a lot of their ideas under some of the ones we already had (like poor choice).  What silly behavior would a 7-year-old come up with - one of my sweet girls wanted a positive point for "being awesome"!!

After ClassDojo's release of the Groups Feature this year, it is so much easier for me to be able to give points to a group of students at one time.  So, now, we have Table of the Week!  I have 4 tables in my classroom, so I have one group for each table.  When we are transitioning or working on a project, I'll look around for a table that is doing what they should be, or see which table is done the quickest, and they earn a dojo point for their table.  At the end of the week, we look at the Group points and the table with the most gets this fancy sign in their table caddy for the next week.  We then reset the table group points and start over on Monday.

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Now that we are 4 weeks into school, my kiddos are beginning to rack up some points!  Friday afternoon, we had our first members join the 100 point Dojo club!  I used monster clipart from ClassDojo to make these little monsters to display student names.



And lastly, our Dojo Leader of the Week!  Each Friday afternoon, I look on the Class Dojo reports to see which student has the highest combined points for the week and that student is the Dojo Leader of the Week.  They get a brag tag, a certificate, and their name gets added to our Class Dojo bulletin board.  They start asking me on Monday who has the most points - but I make them wait until Friday!


The monsters off to the side are preview Dojo Leaders of the Week - they might be a leader again, so keeping their monster nearby is helpful!

Have you started school yet?  Are you going to Dojo!?!?!


21 comments:

  1. Love this! Where did you get the little monsters?

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    1. Class Dojo's Teacher Resources on CD's website

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  2. Love it! I am using Class Dojo with a classroom economy system. The kiddos keep track of the points they earn or lose in a Dojo calendar. They get to use their points in my classroom store on Fridays. This helps them really think about how they are spending their "money" that they earn in Class Dojo.

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    1. So, since they can spend their points (which I love by the way) do you not keep track of overall points?

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  3. Ahhh love your ideas! I've been using Dojo since the release and each year my kiddos are super excited. I cant wait to incorporate some of your ideas <3

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  4. Such a great post! Thanks so much for sharing and linking up Allyson! I really like the idea of them choosing the things to earn or lose points for. Do you have them add/delete the points or are you the one who does it?
    Thanks,
    Paige
    Our Elementary Lives

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  5. How often do you reset points?

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    1. I reset points daily. My students graph their points each day.

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    2. Thank you! I love Dojo, but would love to be able to incorporate it more and this definitely helped me!

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  6. I have trouble stopping in the middle of a lesson to unlock my ipad/computer and take a way of add a point. How can I get better at this or how do you make it work?

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    1. In the past, I have just stopped and taken the point. Since I visited The Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, GA about 3 weeks ago - I have started just writing the student's name or their classroom number on the board. When I write it on the board, it is a warning. After that, any check marks for continuing behaviors will result in a loss of dojo points at the end of the lesson. While students are transitioning back to their seats, I take care of any points that need to be taken away and wipe the numbers/check marks off the board.
      Hope that helps!

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    2. I've used a clip chart and gave points at the end of the day. 4 clips up on the behavior chart = 4 points. clips below start would be negative points. It worked well for me.

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  7. Do you have an example of what the kids use to keep track of their points?

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    1. Yes you can find a picture of the graphing sheet on this blog post: https://goingstrongin2ndgrade.blogspot.com/2015/02/goodbye-clip-chart.html?m=0

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  8. Your leader board and point club is sooo cute!! I definitely want to try and use that in my class. I went on family leave right when Class Dojo came out and I didn't go back to teaching until now so I'm trying to remember how to use it since I never got a chance to really use it before lol.

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  9. @ Allyson

    How are you able to change the colors for points in ClassDojo? I love that idea, but can't seem to figure out how you did it.

    Regards
    Pawan| Laptop Repairing

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    1. This post is from August 2015. Class Dojo has changed the points images since then. The red pictures for negatives is no longer an option.

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  10. Is it possible just to get to CD Student of the week?

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    1. I'm sorry, but I am not selling individual pieces from the set at this time.

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