Sunday, October 13, 2013

Donors choose!

So as many of you may know, I submitted a project on DonorsChoose.org at the beginning of September. At first only my mom, my mother in law, and a good friend Heidi donated. I was loosing confidence in it getting funded but we still had until December. We'll earlier this week my mom called me early in the morning to tell me it was fully funded!!! The Chevron Fuel You School program finished funding it!! Yayyyy!! 

Now, what did I get/need it for? I posted a project for my behavior management renovation I'm doing in my classroom. My sister, whom is a school psychologist in a neighboring parish,  told me about this awesome program! (For those of you not from Louisiana, a parish is like a county, lol) Anyways, I began using class dojo a few weeks ago. It is a behavior management tool that keeps track of all positive and negative classroom behaviors a student receives. Each child receives an avatar after you add them to your class. They then receive a code to go online and change their avatar, allow their parents to view their behavior, and create a parent report. What is so great about this program that makes me like it even more than our school wide behavior program is that I am rewarding the good students as well. Our school plan has every student starting on the same behavior level. They can only go down, not up for above and beyond great behavior. I find that you should look more to reward good behaviors and the bad behaviors start to fade because those students realize that the well behaved students are getting all of the attention. Most of the time, the students in my classroom having the bad behavior are looking for attention. SO I began using it. I would put it up on my smart board and award points from my cell phone. Well I did not like the fact of my cell phone not being locked up and left out whenever administrators would come in. I felt it looked unprofessional. I think began to think if I had an iPad mini I could use it throughout the day in my classroom but also when we are in other places throughout the campus (cafeteria, bathroom, playground, walking in line) This way I could reward even more positive behaviors. I am super excited to get started all the way. It is difficult since I have to keep track of dojo and use the school behavior plan but I'm hoping my school will eventually adopt it since it is so simple!!  Here are a few screen shots of class dojo from my iPad!!! 



Also! My godchild is turning two tomorrow and we celebrated yesterday with a party! He is so cute and so smart!! 




Now I am going rest for the remaining part of my fall break!!


-Kristi

3 comments:

  1. It is so exciting that you got completely funded! And it looks like a great program. I totally agree with rewarding good behavior. I think it works a lot better than giving attention to the bad behavior. At least for most students.

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  2. Congrats on getting fully funded. Chevon is amazing; they fully funded 4 teachers in my school!
    I love ClassDojo! Do you ever have trouble staying connected to their sever through the app? I seem to get kicked off several times throughout the day.

    Marcy
    SearchingForTeacherBalance

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  3. I used to get kicked off a lot when I was using my phone. The technology person at my school came put a router in my classroom and since then, my iPAD has stayed connected really well! Sometimes if the app is open while I'm in my room and I walk to a place with low signal, I can still give points and once I come around a strong signal again (like my classroom) it updates it immediately!

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