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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Feedback Systems
Data Review
Improving student behavior in an urban 5th grade math classroom

Data Review is a strategy I use to keep my students motivated to master our Math skills. Every day before class, I place a check mark by the names of students who have mastered a skill according to the previous day's Exit Ticket (please see the "Daily Exit Tickets" strategy video). During class I call out the names of students who have made progress towards mastery (only focusing on positive feedback), and we publicly celebrate those students who have reached mastery on skills that we're focusing on in that particular week. This quick cheer gives students a sense of gratification and success for their previous day's work. As for my students who haven't yet reached mastery, they hear about their peers' successes and consequently feel motivated to work harder to get a check mark for the following day. Because of the power of this quick public feedback, my students are invested in the work that they do throughout the day and the Exit Ticket they take at the end of each class. Data Review helps them see the connections between their daily effort and progress and the achievement of their overall goals.

 
Blended Learning Model Overviews
Daniel's Model Overview
Improving student behavior in an urban 5th grade math classroom

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

 
Collaborative Student Groups
Student-Led Homework Review
Improving student behavior in an urban 5th grade math classroom

Student-Led Homework Review is a form of differentiation, where students with the same level of homework collaborate and review their homework assignment from the prior night. Since it would take too long to have teacher-led reviews for each group, we have students share their answers and help each other figure out the correct answers with their peers. Though I sometimes give them answer keys, I push students to discuss problems and figure out the correct solutions through their reasoning skills. This process encourages collaboration and accuracy in students' homework practice.

 
 
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