Classroom Management -Class Dojo

I have been teaching for 16 years so I have been through many different types of  classroom management systems. All of t hem worked pretty well and all had their downsides too. Last year I discovered a new one that I LOVE. Thanks to my classroom next-door neighbor, I found Class Dojo.

Class Dojo is free and no, they are not paying me or anything for my post here. I just got so much out of it, I thought I would share so more of you can know about this great resource.

Class Dojo is a website and an app. My classroom had 5 Ipads that we could use most of the time so I downloaded the app onto one of them and my personal Ipad. I signed up for a free account. One of the first things you do is make an avatar for each of your students. The default avatars are critters and monsters and come in many shapes and colors. Here a few few pink ones but there are also blue, green, red, black, etc.

Here is what it the main screen looks like when you log in. The demo class helped me learn how it works and I used the demo class to show my students how it worked.

Here is what the demo class looks like if you click on it - love the names, huh?

This is what it looks like when you open up either the demo class or your own class and see how many points everyone has so far that day. I give points out all through the day and when kids earn a certain amount of points there is a fun reward. For example 10 points earned kids the chance to choose their own avatar instead of all having the default one I assigned. 

If you click on a student to assign them a point, here is what it looks like - you automatically get the positive behaviors so if you need to give a negative you would click on the red negative and then you would see the choices. Basically, once you log in and open your class, you can either use the default behaviors to give positive and negative points or add your own. Positives I used included "homework done", "working quietly" and "finishing important assignments". Some of the negatives I used were "Problems outside of class" and "Too loud".

Right after you give a point there is a little sound effect and a message pops up like this.

It is easy to add your own or modify the behaviors. Here is a shot of me editing and adding a positive behavior. The only downside is I think the icons are a little weird. Like why is there an airplane for "Working Hard?" Of course you can change the icons but only a few seem to be relevant, like the thumbs up.


At any time (but I usually do it at the end of the day) you can look at the whole class' daily results. If you click on an individual student's name you can also see theirs. My kids liked me to show them their results on my IPad while they waited for their buses to be called.


You can also get a breakdown and see exactly who got a point for what and what the exact time was !

By the way you can also connect parents to their students' dojo reports if you want. They would get access to daily reports to see how many points their child got and what areas they may need to work on. I did not do this last year however.. maybe this year.

Overall, Class Dojo is amazing ! It had a very positive effect on my class last year and I am excited to start at the beginning of this year with my new group.

Fall Writing Prompt Collection

Hi everyone ! I finished a bunch of new things but in all the "cray-cray" of getting ready for back to school I haven't given you any details. Finally, here's some info on the fall writing prompt collection. There are always fun things to write about that are seasonal  so I decided to put this together. It includes 9 prompts and two kinds of writing paper - Handwriting without Tears paper, which is what my school uses - and standard lines paper. It is aligned to second grade Common Core Standards; however, you should be able to use it for  grades, 1, 2, and 3. Here's a sneak peek atthe cover. If you click on the image you can see it at my TPT store. 

Here's a little example of one of the prompts. Usually my second graders do better when they have a checklist on their desk where they are writing so I like to include them  right with the prompt. They fill out the checklist and then turn it in.

Here's a little sample of the Handwriting without Tears paper. I also included a variety of black and white ink saving borders.
Here's what the standard writing paper looks like with no border.

Other prompts include:
Summer memories
Letter requesting new playground equipment
About your new teacher

But you'll have to look at it to see all the rest. Click on the image of the cover page to go to my TPT store to see more details, or if you prefer Teachers Notebook, click here. 

Have a restful night everyone!

Follow up - Fun Books for Addition

Hey all ! I have that  fun new addition and subtraction activity pack in my Teachers Pay Teachers and Teachers Notebook store for you. Below I have a peek at the cover. If you click on it you can see it at my TPT store. If you prefer Teachers Notebook, click here. I wanted to follow up with a few suggestions of great math trade books you could use when you teach addition so I have shared a couple of ideas below. I am sure I forgot a good one or you may know one that's not on the list so please comment and tell what math book you like to use for addition.

Here is the cover: It is officially titled Fall Themed Addition and Subtraction Story Problem Pack.

Here are some children's math literature that go well with addition lessons. Click on the pics to get details from Amazon.

I love these Brian Cleary Books.
They are so colorful and fun, plus they are informative for the kiddos. Now I have had Brian Cleary books in my room for a lot of years, but just now typing his name, I wonder - is he related to Beverly Cleary, or just a coincidence?


12 Ways to Get to 11 by Eve Merriam

Hershey Kisses Addition Book by Jerry Pallotta


Pigs Will be Pigs: Fun with Math and Money by Amy Axelrod
 I had a few kids who LOVED pigs last year and they enjoyed this book.

The m&m's Counting Book by Barbara McGrath I used to use this with real m&m's but sadly district rules prohibit that now. Oh well! The little ones still enjoy this book even without the actual candy!

Each Orange had Eight Slices by Paul Giganti

Have a restful Sunday night, everyone!


So Excited to be Guest Posting Over at Minds in Bloom!

Thank you so very much to Rachel Lynette of Minds in Bloom for having me guest post! My topic is parent communication. I think it's timely, as at the beginning of the year I am always trying to think of how I can improve my communication with parents for this school year.

Here's the link to my blog post if you'd like to learn more! Thanks again Rachel!

Parent Communication Ideas

Here are a few resources you might be interested in.


Manic Monday Math Freebie

Hey y'all! Happy Monday to you all! I have linked up with Manic Monday at Classroom Freebies and Freebie Friday at Teaching Blog Addict this week to bring you some math practice! I have a mid-year math practice page as a freebie. I made it for my second grade class but you could probably use it now with third graders to review or even with first grade to differentiate. Click on the image below to grab it. Also don't forget, the Teachers Pay Teachers back to school sale ends at midnight tonight so she sure to check your wishlist and see what you can buy for up to a 28% discount. To head over to my store and see the sale, click here.

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
Freebie Fridays
Some Math Resource Books you May like for the Classroom: