Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Class Dojo

Do you Dojo in your classroom?  I started this year with a clip chart and by about December it seemed that those same littles that needed reinforcement, where still my repeat offenders.  My sanity was waning and I honestly was beginning to wish the year to be over.  I still want summer to show up soon, but I have found a way to keep some "on task/ do your best work/I see that good choice" motivation going throughout our day.  Class Dojo is pretty amazing and it's free!  FREE!!!  My Littles love to hear that DING throughout the day and love earning points.  Also, it really gives me data on how my behaviorally struggling students are doing compared to their peers.  I have 6 students that fit this category this year.  1/4 of my classroom!  Here's the breakdown of how Dojo is used in our classroom.

*We earn points for a whole week.
*At 20 points, we earn the choice of changing our avatar.  I have read that you can basically change it to any picture, but my Littles love the Dojo monsters and I haven't mentioned anything beyond those.  I try to save time where I can!  When a Little reaches 20 points, they simply sign their class number on the board and when a time comes that works for me, I call them up to pick a new avatar. 
*At 30 points, they earn some sort of treat from me.  It could be anything.  This week 30 points earns a new pencil with a Dojo character flag (see photo below).  But, the prize could be anything really. (candy, extra bathroom pass, homework pass, read with a furry friend during Read To Self, etc)

*On Friday, if the class has earned 90% positive points, we get a class reward.  We love 10 extra minutes of recess and GoNoodle and almost always choose one of these. 
*On Fridays, we also see who the Dojo point champion is for the week.  That student gets some swag to commemorate their accomplishment.  They proudly display an award on their desk the entire following week, and their picture and name go outside our door.  They love that their Kindergarten teacher or big brother/sister can see them in the spotlight!  They also take a note home to share with their families along with a lollipop. 

I love that families can join and see how their Little's day has gone.  Dojo connects you to families with instant messaging.  You can message all the families at once or correspond with one at a time.  You can also post pictures to the whole group or personally to families.  It really helps track times of when students are struggling and succeeding.

Here is a link to the pencil flags that I made.  Make sure to note that I printed them on Avery Address Labels 5160.  Class Dojo offers a classroom d├ęcor pack to download.  I recommend utilizing their amazing FREE resources!   I used them to create this resource for my own use.  Please feel free to snag a copy if you want :)