Saturday, June 27, 2015

Class Dojo. . . Hi Ya!

Last year was my first year using Class Dojo. It just kind of happened. I usually have a cute little jar filled with wooden "chocolate chip cookies" with each student's name written on the backs as my random selection tool.

But last year was different. The truth is, I was too cheap to purchase those wooden circles. They were great. I'd shake the jar and it would make a noise that would get the students' attention. But it just didn't happen last year.

So for some reason I decided to start using the Dojo. It was a great decision!


After a year of using Class Dojo, I've learned more about what it has to offer and what works well. So, I have a plan. And I'm excited!

Before I tell you about my plan, let me tell you about the features I like most about the Dojo.

1. Random selection tool which lets me choose students at random for anything I choose.
2. Both positive and negative points. Yes, I like the negative.
3. The timer
4. Parent access and communication
5. I can display Class Dojo on the Smart Board for the kids to see.

So here's the plan. . .

Class Dojo allows you to reward students for whatever you want. It's easy to edit the positive and negative points. I can reward students for the things I find to be most important. For example, I believe it's important for kids to be at school on time. Therefore, the kids that are at school on time will receive a point. I will not punish kids that are late, but I will not reward them either.


I can add positive behaviors at anytime, but for now, this is what I choose. Students do not need to be at the top of the class to earn points. My students just need to participate and be on task.

Now, I don't take away points all day long. I try to look for the positive before I begin taking away points, but sometimes that doesn't work. I will say, the best part of the negative points is the sound it makes. When I take away a point from a child, Class Dojo makes a noise that gets the kids' attention.


One of the features Class Dojo has is the ability to turn the sounds on and off. It also allows you to show or not show award notifications. So, if I take a point away, the kids might hear a sound, but I can choose to not let them see which student lost a point.

So what do we do with the points?

Each Friday is Friday Funday. It lasts about the last 20 minutes of class. The students can choose from different fun activities. But there's a catch. Students must earn at least 20 points to participate. If we have a Monday off or for illnesses, the points can be adjusted. The students with the most points get to choose their activities first. Students with less points must wait to choose their activities.

As you can see, Stacy is the best student in the class. She gets to choose first.


My students get to wear a tag to indicate the activity they have chosen. Once all of the tags are gone, they cannot choose that particular activity.  Here are the new tags for the year :)


 Students can choose from:
  • Art Supplies
  • Computers
  • Board Games
  • Play dough
  • Science Supplies
  • Teacher's Board (kids get to write on the whiteboard)
The students that do not earn 20 points can do several things: complete incomplete work, write a letter telling me what they can do differently next week, or work from the extra work box. Because I like to give points out, I generally don't have kids sitting out. But the kids that are always on top of things, do get first choice of the best activities.
On Friday, the points are reset, but they don't just go away. The plan, this year, is to log them on a chart. With those points, the students will be able to "buy" from the Dojo Store.

I truly like to reward students for many positive behaviors. We all have students that are better at some things than others. For example, last year I had a student that had a hard time paying attention. He was a daydreamer. But he was a fast runner. So, when we went out to run the track, he'd finish his lap first and I would reward him with 5 extra credit points.

This year, I have some extra credit tickets, which I'll hand out while outside of the classroom. I may use them for being quiet in the library, walking in line nicely, picking up trash. . .


Finally, parent communication. Parents are able to view their child's behavior online, but I also want to send home a behavior report. Class Dojo allows you to print a report that looks like this:


It's a great report, but it'll take a lot of ink and a lot of paper. So, I'll just use this one:


That's the plan! I will not be using the conduct chart or a clip chart. I will be using Class Dojo. At least that's the plan. Fingers crossed all goes well.

I hope you found this helpful. If you're looking for a new behavior management system, I would recommend trying Class Dojo.

3 comments:

  1. I love Class Dojo! I like the idea of extra credit points. Would you be willing to share them with me? I think those would be great for specials teachers if they do not want to join my class on Dojo!

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  2. This was my first year fully implementing Class Dojo, and my students and parents loved it. I especially like being able to give points out in the hallway. Or if they get a compliment from lunch or Specials!
    Stephanie
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    1. Me too! Kids can get points anywhere. Just use your phone!

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