I like the Dojo system better than my old warning board because students can work their way out of a negative. With the warning board, they could not go backwards, a warning was a warning. With Dojos, the students can get negative points for negative behavior and also earn positive points for good behavior.
My students earn one prize from the prize box every time they reach an interval of five Dojos. So when they hit 5, 10, 15, 20, etc... they earn a prize. I keep a class list checklist to keep track of when a student earned his/her 5, 10. 15, 20th Dojo. That way if a student gets a prize for lets say five Dojos, and then gets a negative and goes down to four Dojos, and then earns a positive again and is back up to five Dojos, I know I already rewarded him/her their prize. Before Dojos I would give out tickets and the students would earn a prize for every five tickets they had. The ticket system worked, but also had its flaws. Students would lose tickets, students would steal tickets, and students would bring in tickets from home! The Dojo system is a much more organized system for earning points towards the prize box. I don't let the students get their prize as soon as they earn the Dojo, I have them wait until the end of the day. Then our fifth grade helpers get out the clipboard and go to the Dojo display on the SmartBoard. They check off the students who earn prizes and tell them to go get one from the prize box. I reset the Dojo points every report card quarter. I find the longer you let it run, the bigger the gaps will be between the students. I don't want the students to look down upon a classmate for having a low number of Dojos. Another way to avoid this problem, is to reset the Dojos each day or each week.
You can edit the behaviors to meet the needs of your students. Here are the positive behaviors I have for my Dojo system.
Here are the negatives behaviors:
I have a SmartBoard in my classroom where I display the Dojos. I like to use the SmartBoard because the students can easily go up and give themselves a Dojo whenever I tell them to. You don't necessarily need a SmartBoard to utilize the Classroom Dojo system. You can also use a computer, an ipad, or an app on your iphone. I use the app while on field trips!
The system allows you to analyze behavior. Here is an analysis of my students' behavior for this week.
Here is a behavior analysis of one student's report for December.
Parents can log in with a special password to access their child's report. They can log in whenever they want or you, the teacher, can have Classroom Dojo send them an email weekly.
I like to reward my students who had 85% or more positive behavior for the month with these certificates and "lunch with the teacher."
You can click on the images above to download the certificates.
Classroom Dojo also has this neat countdown timer feature. I like to use it during center time so that my students know how much more time we have left in centers. It also works well for our minute math sprints.
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