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Reinforcement Class Dojo Positive Class Dojo Worksheet

Our school uses Class Dojo officially to positively reinforce student behaviour. I initially implemented Class Dojo at our school two years ago and have been responsible for refining the way that we use it. Currently, all grade 1-5 students (more than 200 students) have accounts on Class Dojo and their parents are linked as well.

We have come up with a reinforcement system where teachers can effectively track positive and negative behaviour using the system. The icons that you see above indicating positive behaviour derive specifically from our campus wide rules. There are also corresponding icons for negative behaviour in which teachers can give or take away points from students. In order to ensure that all teachers are updating the system, we use laminated chart (as seen above) where all subject teachers can mark information regarding student behaviour in the class. The teachers can indicate the lesson where an incident or event happened, whether it was positive or negative as well as the date when it happened.

In terms of positively reinforcing student behavior, teachers can give points for behaviors such as respecting others, sharing, working hard in English and so on. Specific examples of the aforementioned are: respect – saying please and thank you to other students, sharing – letting another student use an eraser or pen in time of need, working hard in English – participating in group work or volunteering to answer a question. On the opposite end of the behavior spectrum, negative behaviors include things such as being off task, fighting, running in the corridor, etc.

In order to ensure an effective process whereby behaviors are reinforced or discouraged by the teacher, I’ve instituted the following system. First when teachers observe any of the positive behavior in the chart above, the student will be praised and then given a class dojo point at the end of the day. Once students have accumulated 10 Dojo points, they can get a green card. After getting 3 green cards, they receive a certificate. It seems like these rewards are extrinsic but I would argue that certificates and green cards have sentimental value and the actual value of engaging in the positive behavior, in and of itself, is more rewarding.

Students who engage in negative behavior, lose points on Dojo. The loss of 1o points on Dojo means that the students will get a yellow card. After receiving 3 yellow cards, the students will be put on report. This means the students’ parents will be invited to the school and all subject teachers will use the form above to monitor student behavior every day to see if student behavior improves.

I would definitely recommend this system to teachers to implement across all grades. It provides for a great deal of consistency in the sense that all students know what is expected of them. It allows the school to create a unique set of principles that guide how they positively reinforce positive behavior and discourage negative behavior.

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