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

In order to keep the group of students working independently, we have a class tutor who helps with both behavior management and helping students problem solve through their math practice. I select students who demonstrate mastery of the content and also responsibility to manage a class, allowing different students to try during different rotations/classes. The student walks around, helping students troubleshoot through technical issues and math questions as well. Additionally, they have control over the ClassDojo system, awarding students postive points and giving "needs work" points as well.

 
Instructional Planning
Basketball Problem
Amplify Class Dojo points incentives with a classroom economy

The basketball problem is a built in way to teach the students about rigor. At the beginning of the year, we discussed how math is like an onion.  There are many layers and each one is more complex than the last. The "shot" is an opportunity to reward risk-taking and get the students really thinking about the most high-complexity questions that I can ask. For this reason, students are doubly invested in this part of class. One because they want to challenge themselves, and two because they want to get up there and take the shot. 

 
Feedback Systems
Class Ratings
Amplify Class Dojo points incentives with a classroom economy

At the end of the day, there have been ups and downs, but the focus should be on improvement. The Class Ratings are when the students rate the class on each of our 5 character and mindset pillars. While I have input, I encourage the students to be honest with themselves and take responsibility if they showed or lacked the pillars at any point. Reflecting on the day's specific moments helps to create a classroom of trust, and a culture of accountability. It is also essential to developing a shared character language that can be refered to throughout the day.

 
 
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