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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Whole-Group Instruction
Whole Group Exploration
Amplify Class Dojo points incentives with a classroom economy

Whole Group Exploration is a form of whole group instruction where we work with conceptual models to understand the algorithm behind solving math problems. Students work with whiteboards at the carpet as we discuss and work through a series of problems that build and understanding of our skill. As students successfully prove that they are ready to work independently, I dismiss them to their seat with our practice, keeping the students who need additional support to go through more practice problems. This strategy allows me to give more support to students who need it and release students who are ready to excel.


 
Routines and Procedures
Rotation Expectations
Amplify Class Dojo points incentives with a classroom economy

Before my students begin our system of rotations at the beginning of the year, I take time to make it very clear where they will go, what they will do, and what materials they will need. I also make sure to do frequent checks for understanding. Dedicating extra time to review Rotation Expectations at the beginning of the year helps to ensure that rotations will run smoothly throughout the year. Class tutors are also selected for each rotation. They walk around to support their peers who need help and even help to manage class behavior. Class tutors are given an iPad with access to our ClassDojo site, where they award "positive points" to students following expectations and "needs improvement points" to those who are not following expectations. Through explaining my expectations and leveraging the class tutor to reinforce these expectations, I ensure that my students are giving their best efforts during our rotations.

 
Blended Learning Model Overviews
Daniel's Model Overview
Amplify Class Dojo points incentives with a classroom economy

At any given time at my class, student grouping is fluid and ever-changing.  A brief whole group lesson focuses on collaborative lessons and reviewing concepts.  Students self-assess to determine how they will practice new skills, and what level of support they need.  I also employ a model of individualized learning paths that I named Workshop, where students choose the way in which they will learn.  Students who need help are grouped for that day in Tutoring, while others have their pick over a variety of websites such as IXL, FrontRow, and TenMarks, online re-assessments, collaborative activities, projects, and more.  Student reflection is essential to making that much choice, work.

Number of Students: 26 students

Number of Adults: one teacher

Length of Class Period/Learning Time: 90minutes (Math Block)

Digital Content/ Ed Tech Tools Used on a Regular Basis: i-Ready; IXL; MangaHigh; Website; FrontRow; Kahoot!; BrainGenie; Poll Everywhere; TenMarks; Google Apps for Education

Hardware Used on a Regular Basis: five iPads; five desktop computers; five laptop computers; two Galaxy Tabs; SMARTBoard

Key Features: competency-based; student agency;individualized learning paths; online homework; gamification

 
 
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