ClassDojo

Hi everyone,

After reading about the positive impact ClassDojo has had on classroom in so many other teaching blogs, I decided to give it a go this year. In terms of behavior management, it is one of the best things I could have done and the great thing is that it is free! It is really simple to set up, just sign up at http://www.classdojo.com/ and enter your students’ names and they will each be assigned a monster avatar. The students’ avatars will be displayed on screen and you can award ‘positive’ points such as for ‘helping others’ or for being ‘on task’ which add one point to a student’s score, or you can click on ‘needs work’ which deduct a point from a student’s total. You can also customize the ‘positive’ and ‘needs work’ categories to suit your own requirements. I do really only tend to use the positive points though as I find them a great motivator. There are also options for reporting student behaviors to parents, but so far I have just used the system within my own classroom. I have turned ClassDojo into a competition and I give the student who has the most points at the end of the week a small prize such as pencil.hero-about2-2

Here are some of the ways in which I use ClassDojo:

Students’ attention
I have tried all sorts of ways in which to get the students’ attention; chimes, counting down from five, clapping a rhythm etc. These days, when I want the students’ attention, I display ClassDojo on the board and award points to a couple of students who are looking my way and listening. As soon as the other students hear the ‘ping’ they soon follow suit, hoping to earn a point themselves!

Tidying up
You can imagine the scene – you’ve just finished a craft activity and bits of paper are all over desks and under chairs, glue stick lids have rolled onto the floor, equipment needs tidying away… You get the picture! I have found ClassDojo to be a great motivator to encourage the students to tidy up. I give students who are tidying up a point, particularly those students who are helping others. I have found that it really has encouraged team work and has turned what was a ten minute job into a quick two minute task.

Random
My students love this feature! Click on the ‘random’ button and one student’s name will be selected at random. It is a great alternative to hands up during whole class teaching. I also use it when students are completing independent work. Now and again I will click the ‘random’ feature and I will look to see whether the child selected is on task. If they are, then I will award them a point – another great way to keep students motivated as they never know when their name might be selected!

There are many other features to ClassDojo and it is so simple to use and really visual for the students. How do you use ClassDojo in your classroom? I’d love to hear your ideas!

Happy Holidays

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So the final week before Christmas is finally here, so let the card making, concerts and parties commence! My classroom is all ‘tinselled-up’ and I’m ready with the glitter for next week’s craft activities! To keep my students busy over the final few days before the holidays, I’ll be using my Cracking Christmas Math Activities. Included is lots of festive fun featuring co-ordinates, fractions, word problems and much more!

Visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store to grab these fun activities. Have a great final few days at school and happy holidays!

Spooktacular Halloween

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Halloween is nearly upon us and we have been having lots of fun with my Spooktacular Halloween themed Literacy and Math activities.

I’ve included five Literacy and five Math activities. The Math activities included cover data handling, ordering, addition, number sequences and rounding. Included in the Literacy activities are a monster description, alphabet work, parts of speech, syllables and acrostic poetry. Click on the picture to link to my store to keep your students busy this week!

Place Value

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The first couple of weeks back at school have flown past and I am getting back into the swing of things! One of the things I’ve had a big focus on these past two weeks in Math is place value. I think it’s so important to get a good understanding of where your class are at with this at the start of the year and to address any misconceptions.  I’ve been using my Place Value Task Cards Set to ensure my students have a solid understanding of place value to start the year.

In the pack there are five different activities, which my students have been rotating through. I began my place value unit with a whole class lesson where I had all students completing similar activities. Following that lesson, I moved on to using the cards during rotations and it has really helped to embed the concept with my class.

Whole Body Listening

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I have been back at school for one week now and have been really busy working on routines. We started on the first day back focusing on whole body listening. I introduced a bell that I use each time I want them to stop what they are doing and listen. We played a few games where the children had to stop what they were doing and listen each time they heard the bell. They then thought of what they should be doing with their whole body when they are listening. I created an anchor chart, which I have been referring to ALL week! The children also drew themselves and labelled their drawings to show what good listening looks like. We keep going over the anchor chart and I’m hoping that the expectations are beginning to sink in! What methods do you use to teach listening skills? I’d love to hear your ideas!

Science Experiments

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As I wrote in my previous post, I start back to school on Monday so this past week I have been in school getting my classroom set up, tables organised and displays sorted. I created a large Science display board and I want to particularly focus on investigation skills. It can be difficult for children to remember and follow the processes involved in carrying out investigations and so I wanted to give them a visual prompt to help them that they can refer to when carrying out investigations. Hopefully the process will become second nature to them over the year! I created these posters to display on my Science board:

You can grab these posters for FREE on my Teachers Pay Teachers store, so click on the image above to link to my store where you can download this useful freebie!

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Hi everyone,

So this is my first blog post! After getting so many great ideas and inspiration from reading other teaching blogs I thought it was about time I created one of my own. I start back at school next week after the summer so I thought now would be a perfect time to start. I will be teaching Year 3 (Second Grade) and I’m really looking forward to meeting my new class and getting started!