Academic Culture

Class Dojo for Behavior Management

Improving student behavior in an urban 5th grade math classroom

ClassDojo is a free behavior tracking system. I use it everyday to give students feedback on how they're meeting academic and behavioral expectations. As students are given postiive points or "needs work" points, a sound beeps and the entire class hears and sees that a student is being given feedback. Just as with behavior narration, students become more aware about their personal behaviors, following the expectations as they see them reiterated through behavior points. Their scores carry through with them to each class, culminating in a report at the end of the day that goes home to the students' parents. This allows parents to stay in the loop with how students are working and behaving at school. 

Strategy Resources (4)
Student Data
 
 
This is a sample of a ClassDojo daily student report, highlighting both the positive behaviors and needs work behaviors of a student. By both highlighting specific behaviors and giving an overall percent positive, students get a daily summary of their performance to share with their parents, allowing them to reflect and goal set for the next day.
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
Here is a short parent letter sent home to parents explaining the ClassDojo system. It's important to get parent investment, as students will be more invested as well.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This is a picture of the ClassDojo system in my classroom. This display lets students constantly track how they're doing for the day. This system also beeps, making students aware of how their behavior is being tracked.
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
Here is a short parent letter sent home to parents explaining the ClassDojo system. It's important to get parent investment, as students will be more invested as well.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This is a picture of the ClassDojo system in my classroom. This display lets students constantly track how they're doing for the day. This system also beeps, making students aware of how their behavior is being tracked.
Student Data
 
 
This is a sample of a ClassDojo daily student report, highlighting both the positive behaviors and needs work behaviors of a student. By both highlighting specific behaviors and giving an overall percent positive, students get a daily summary of their performance to share with their parents, allowing them to reflect and goal set for the next day.
Stephen Pham
Rocketship Si Se Puede Academy
San Jose, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Fifth grade
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