Category Archives: Organization

Class Dojo

One week into ClassDojo, and I’m psyched! I feel like it has completely revitalized my classroom. Because of the more hands-on with the iPad, I’m able to reward more frequently for good behaviour, rather than concentrating on the not-so-good behaviour that interrupts my lessons. I don’t have to pause lessons anymore to give points anymore! Wow! It’s such an amazing idea. Also, because it’s brand new, and it’s interactive, the kids are all up on doing great deeds to be rewarded so that they can see their name on the computer screen. Again, I feel like it’s eliminating so much bad behaviour. How did I not give into this sooner? I’m giving it until the end of the week to become a pro with this system, then I’m sending my parent codes out so that I can get my parents involved. The kids have already asked several times if they can get their codes already so that they can go home and show mom and dad! Yes, please! Continue reading Class Dojo

It Finally Caught Up

All week, I’ve been battling the beginnings of a cold. I would go to sleep at night and feel my throat tingle a little – uh oh! So I’ve spent the week drinking vitamin C and taking Cold Effects to great success. Apparently, this morning, my body decided it was done fighting the good fight, and the cold finally hit me.

So the good news is, it’s Sunday – so I’m at home, relaxing, laying in bed … and, obviously, playing on my iPad. Playing on my iPad really just means, for me, looking stuff up for my classroom and catching up on various reports. I’m always trying to find new and innovative ways to bring to bring technology into the classroom, so I cherish those times.

For several weeks, I’ve begun to notice that my behaviour incentive chart has begun to lose its punch. Sure, the points are still effective and the students enjoy spending their points for our classroom incentives, but they are just as happy waiting for the points to go up and down and accumulating them slowly instead of striving to improve behaviours. I’ve tried switching it up: rewarding positively more, having more group incentives, having a “star behaviour” that rewards more points, etc. I just find they’ve become … complacent. So I’ve been searching for something that I could use to shake things up a bit, without having to change my whole strategy.

I’m late to the party, but today, I’ve discovered ClassDojo, so I thought I would give some first impressions of the service before I implement it in my classroom. You know, kind of do a KWL chart … with myself. Continue reading It Finally Caught Up

Word Wall Update

Busses were cancelled today, on account of freezing rain. I had only a third of the students I would normally have in class. Regardless, we worked hard and got so much accomplished. They were a keen little bunch. And I got lots of things that done, as well. Like fixing our Word Wall so that it would be more efficient (and let’s face it … prettier. Yes, I’m classroom vain!).

Wow. Can we talk about the amazing difference in our Word Wall since we began it back at the end of November?

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We’re getting there. It just seems like it has been getting so full. This is proof of all of the hard work that we do with word activities, week after week.

My class is solely decorated with student work and progress. And I’m starting to run out of room on my walls. I’ve already run out of room that’s at my reach – that’s good news.

Furthermore, we started an art project last week that I’m excited to finish. It’s once again inspired by thatartistwoman.org and they’re turning out great. They’re taking a little more time than I anticipated but they’re going to turn out so amazingly, I don’t even mind. Want a preview?

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Snowman Families? Aren’t they just the cutest. We’ve been working with a variety of different materials to get it done, hence why it takes more time. However, they’re looking awesome. Tomorrow, we decorate our families and hopefully have the time to put last names on them.

Here’s to better weather tomorrow!

Success Criteria for Oral Presentation/Media Literacy

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Today, we set our success criteria for an oral presentation that the students are doing on an object that they received for Christmas for Show&Tell – it’s part of our Media Literacy unit. Who is this toy intended for? What is the age group it is recommended for? Who are they marketing towards? Students must come in to class prepared and ready to talk about all of these factors. To prepare them, together, we came up with a Success Criteria, which is what you see above. Continue reading Success Criteria for Oral Presentation/Media Literacy