Academic Culture

Class Dojo Points

Amplify Class Dojo points incentives with a classroom economy

Dojo Dollars is the name given to the online class economy powered by ClassDojo. ClassDojo.com is a free, online management system where students can recieve points or deductions for classroom actions. Students' Class Dojo points become Dojo Dollars they can spend for supplies, class time and special activities in this great example of a classroom economy. I have fused this with my Pillars of Power as well as class expectations like move with speed and the use of Synergy in collaboration. As students earn points, they transfer to Dojo Dollars on Friday. They can spend their money at the store to buy nerdy things, or buy class time to do other activities that they are interested in. The system allows me to have an accurate picture of class behavior, while making it easy to focus on the positive behaviors I see. The easy parent communication and messaging features also allow for quick, seamless communication.

Strategy Resources (5)
Teacher In Action
 
 
Poster
 
 
Jobs are an essential part of the economy and help me to run the class smoothly and efficiently. Students interview for positions and are awarded with employees if they are going above and beyond. In addition to reinforcing responsibility, jobs help me to tie character expectations and build a sense of community in the class.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This screencast gives you a glimpse into how I give Dojo Dollars out, how I track it, and what the students do with them.
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
Dojo Dollar Bills get handed out on Friday for students to spend at the class store.
Poster
 
 
Here is a student-facing reminder that they have many opportunities to earn more money, while still having to think about how their poor decisions could hurt their wallets.
Teacher In Action
 
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This screencast gives you a glimpse into how I give Dojo Dollars out, how I track it, and what the students do with them.
Poster
 
 
Here is a student-facing reminder that they have many opportunities to earn more money, while still having to think about how their poor decisions could hurt their wallets.
Poster
 
 
Jobs are an essential part of the economy and help me to run the class smoothly and efficiently. Students interview for positions and are awarded with employees if they are going above and beyond. In addition to reinforcing responsibility, jobs help me to tie character expectations and build a sense of community in the class.
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
Dojo Dollar Bills get handed out on Friday for students to spend at the class store.
Daniel Utset-Guerrero
Holmes Elementary School
Miami, FL


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Fifth grade
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Amplify Class Dojo points incentives with a classroom economy

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