I think the final selling point for me was the clip art of each of the monsters they provide FREE at the web site. I am all about bringing each student's avatar "alive" to personalize the program and get the kiddos excited......ideas went racing through my mind. First off, I printed off 3 of each of the 30+ monsters available (if you are gasping at all the ink I used, don't worry- I have HP Instant Ink, I can print TONS now without worrying about the high cost of ink anymore!). After I signed up my class, I pulled out and laminated the monsters that were assigned to each child for our Class Dojo Board. I labeled them with their names and they chose where they wanted to put them. (Obviously- right? If I had done it myself, it would have been much more balanced out-but I'm all about giving kids choice, as hard as it is at times like this... :) ).
The behaviors I am looking for throughout the day align with our school's ethical principles, along with our school and class goals. For example, our school system has a percentage goal for attendance, so that is something my kiddos get a point for- just coming to school and being on time! We have a quick chat every morning about how important it is to be at school, etc. It is just so cool how you can personalize the program for YOUR class even giving some things more weight than others if you want!
I saw lots of reward coupons that teachers attached to the kiddos receiving points and it got very overwhelming to me. I love the ideas and think it's great that teachers can coordinate that, but this girl is all about simple and easy. So, here is the break down for the "reward" part of it:
- If a child reaches 5 or more points in a day, they get to choose a sticky jewel to stick on and decorate their monster with. You HAVE NO IDEA, they absolutely LOVE getting jewels. I buy a variety of jewels whenever I find them on sale and cheap. Usually at craft stores, but you never know where you might see some jewels (even holiday themed ones!) so keep your eyes open.
- At 25, 50, 75 and 100 points, they get in the prize box. Simple and they love pawing through that box of treasures!
- Also, at 100 points, they get to retire their jewel-clad monster from our wall and take it home (but, now that I think about it, I wished I'd said we would put them in the Monster Hall of Fame--darn, there's always next year!) and CHOOSE THEIR OWN MONSTER....oooooh- do you know how excited they are about this?? I mean, its as simple as me opening the screen of all the monsters and them pointing to the one they want and VOILA, they've picked their own monster..maybe a twin of one of their friends' monsters or a new one that hasn't been revealed yet....
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