Class Dojo Explained
CLASS DOJO: PURPOSE
I sent an email out last night via CLASS DOJO to invite you to connect with our class. Thanks to those already connected to Class Dojo! It is not a requirement to connect, although it is a great way for us to communicate about how your child is doing behaviorally in the classroom and for you to see updates on our classroom! It also has a “texting” -like function so if there’s anything you need me to answer, it’ll be more accessible then having to bring a note home or turning on the laptop to email! Most of the descriptors in the reports you receive are self explanatory (ie. Participating, on task, messy desk – etc) But I added my own flair to some other parts so they may need some explaining! I apologize if I have created any confusion.
Hallway Brags — should another teacher compliment our line out in the hallway, the entire class gets 2 dojo points!
Excellent Answer — Their answer shows that they are processing and using the strategies that they’ve learned in the classroom. Even if it is a “wrong” answer, what I’m looking at is if 1) They are able to explain their thinking. (Not just “because I know it”) 2) If they are able to respond using a complete sentence.
Solved Own Problem — Being able to solve disputes in a calm and quick manner is one of the growing pains that we STILL go through! If students are able to solve their own problem. Example: Student A is not playing the center correctly and Student B calmly retells them how to use it and then they are both at peace —> they solved their own problem! Often time they fight and then come running to me to report the fault of another student. I’m trying to instill in them through this “external reward” that they can solve issues a lot easier if they take a step back for a second.
Paw Laws — This is for the hall ways, if they’re following the Paw Laws. (i.e. Walking in line, not talking in the hallways, etc)
Job Raise — In my classroom we all have different “jobs” A Job Raise is when they’ve done an exceptional job… on their job!
Best Desk — This if for clean desk/working areas.
On Task — Students show on task behavior. Even if they are talking, if they are talking about the task, then they are still ON TASK!
Helping Others — Students show kindness and are helping others in the classroom.
Working Hard — I can see that they are trying their best in their work. Whether it is double checking to make sure they have capitals and periods in their sentences or trying their best to sound out the word, these students will gain points!
Participating — Students are participating.
Teamwork — Students are working together as if in a true community of learners (i.e. Encouraging words, aiding others, etc).
Hands on Others — Students are physically bothering another student.
Not Following Paw Laws — Applies in the hallways and the restrooms. Students are expected to use both areas in the proper way.
Excessive Use of the Restroom — I give students specific times to use the restroom each day (they already know when) and this means that they are constantly getting up and going to the restroom during instructional time.
Causing a Scene — This one sounds dramatic, but in a way it is. Much like in the adult world, when someone causes a scene, they are taking away the attention from what we SHOULD be focused on to something else. It means that not only are they distractible to themselves, but causing others to be off task. If I have to stop my class to address that student (or sometimes group of students) in particular, then they are causing a scene.
No Homework — The student has forgotten their homework for the day.
Off Task — The student is not on task during independent work time.
Talking out of Turn — Whether it is myself speaking or another student sharing their ideas, interruptions are considered “talking out of turn”
Messy Desk — As much as you all try to get them to clean their own room, I’m instilling the same lesson here at school! Especially since it is a public space, we talk about how we leave it nice and neat. It will also help them to find their items better!
How does this relate to the clip chart?
-3 = red
-2 = orange
-1 = yellow
10 points = blue
15 points = purple
25 points = pink
I’m still feeling out how to weigh the points and know that they will change as the year goes by because expectations will be raised.
As always, if you have any questions please let me know!