Wednesday, November 9, 2011

AWESOME behavior incentive...

Some of you may have heard about this recently, but this weekend I discovered Class Dojo. Class dojo is an online program that you can use to give or take away points from your students based on behaviors. It is a free program that you upload your list of students too. Then, you can set what behaviors you would want to give points for, or take points away for.This week, I have had it pulled up on my projector, and when I see some students who got to work right away, I either go to my computer and click on their names or use my iPhone as a remote to give them points. It makes a ding when someone gets a point, and it makes a doink when someone loses a point. I really needed something to help my kids' behavior through the holidays, and this seems to be just what I needed! You can set it up tonight and try it tomorrow, it's that easy. Check out my screenshots below to get an idea of what the program is like.

Here is a pretend class I made:

Here are the things I give points for:

Here are the things I take away points for: 

You may be wondering what you do with the points... well at first I thought I would let the boy and girl who had the most points get to choose centers first the next day, but then I thought that was too much to keep up with. Instead, I give the boy and girl with the most points at the middle of the day and then again at the end of the day a starbuck. Starbucks are like dollars that they can spend at our school Starbuck Store. No... not a coffee store, but it's called the Starbuck Store because our mascot is the Star. I do think it's important to reset the points after the middle of the day so that the student who didn't have the best morning could have a much better afternoon.

Let me know if you use it... I'd love to hear how it goes!



Andi said...

Super Cool! Thanks for sharing. I just set up my class!!

Emily Rocha said...

I use it and LOVE it!! I added "reading quietly" to my positive behaviors and it has drastically improved my independent and partner reading time as far as noise level and participation. I give the student at the end of the day a sticker and I also email their parent to let them know that their child got the most points. Those two rewards are enough to motivate my kiddos. They love hearing the ding on my Promethean board too! I don't use the take points away, but that's just a personal preference.

I love your blog. You have such amazing ideas and I use a lot of them and I am constantly emailing ideas to my teammates. Thanks for all you do! Keep it up! :)

Ms. Rachel said...

OMG! Amazing! I wish I had a board to project this with, aahhh someday.

Jenn Bates said...

I LOVE IT!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing! I am trying this for sure!!!!
Finally in First

Erika said...

I just started using it this week after seeing it on another blog. It is so cool. Now I need a smart phone so I can use it as a remote. Instead I just carry my wireless mouse around with me and if I forget one of the kids will bring it to me! :) I uploaded my kids photos to use instead of the avatars. This way even a sub could use it.
2B Honey Bunch

ReadyOrNot said...

Love this! Thanks for sharing! I have a beep system for my daughter. Everytime she argues, leaves socks on the floor,etc, she gets beeped. This makes it more fun. Too bad it doesn't work on my blackberry!

Lindsey (The Teacher Wife) said...

this is awesome! i love it! i will be trying it out tomorrow! :)

tmarie said...

I just sat my class up - this is sooooo what I needed! Thanks for sharing!
Spotlight on Kindergarten

crissi said...


kgehring said...

UNBELIEVABLE!!! So great! I just set up my class and I am sooo excited!!!

Rachael Hope said...

I just started using this earlier this week too and I LOVE IT!!! I shared it with my whole school and we're all so excited.

dbturner said...

I noticed that I had to download Google Chrome in order for the program to work. I'm thinking that our Internet service has blocked this from happening at school. When I attempt to download the Google Chrome it just tells me this page cannot be displayed! Any suggestions?

Janae said...

I LOVE this! It seems like such a great, 21st century management tool. :) I'm just wondering how time consuming it is during the day? Do you give points to every child that is doing all of those things all of the time?

The Sharpened Pencil

Mrs. Patton said...

dbturner- I use it with Mozilla Firefox with no problems. I didn't need to download googlechrome. Anyone else experience this?

Janae- It really doesn't take much time out of my day. I carry my iPhone with me so I can award points as I am walking around the room or conferencing with someone. The time I give the most points is getting to the carpet on time. That is something they struggle with. So, while kids are getting to the carpet during our clean up song, I stand by my computer towards the end of the song and tell them that I am giving points to people who are not late. On the computer you can click all students and deselect the few from the list who didn't make it. It's actually a lot faster than use your smartphone. Hope that helps!

Anonymous said...

This looks fantastic! A very easy, quick behavior management tool. As a school psychologist, I see a lot of teachers get totally bogged down and overwhelmed by monitoring BIPs and making classroom management plans work. It doesn't have to be hard and time consuming! This would be a great simple way to keep data.

Jessica said...

I have been using it for a couple of months. I set all of the monster icons to blue for boys and pink for girls. When they reach 20 pts, I let them pick their own icon. About 2 weeks ago, I started doing weekly points. I have 5 different treasure boxes. 0-9 pts = hug, high five, or handshake, 10-19 pts = sticker or bookmark. 20-29 pts = eraser (small shape erasers), 30-39 pts = pencil, 40-49 pts = silly band or tattoo, 50+ = misc. treasures (happy meal toys, folders, bouncy balls, etc.) I do give the negative points. I also print the reports for my behavior students to send home for parents to see.

Tina said...

Wow, this looks fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing both the link and your experience with the program! Can't wait to give it a try in the classroom!
Good Morning Mrs Rubie

Thirty One Gifts said...

This looks great and exactly what I am looking for. Thank you so much for sharing. I am setting it up now!

Erin Klein said...

Love Class Dojo!

Thanks for all you share!!

I'm now a follower of your blog.


Erin Klein