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You know that expression, “If mama aint’ happy, then nobody happy”? 
I feel this way about my school life. If things aren’t gellin’ in my school domain, it’s hard to make all the other parts of my life fall into place. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only teacher who feels that way, right? #reassuringnods
Well folks… this teacher ain’t happy. Some how we’ve gotten some B.A.D jue-jue in our classroom. I can’t quite put my finger on when it started, but it is in full swing and it’s causing this teacher strife and heartache! 
If you read my last post, you saw that we really struggled with math centers.  
math center tubs
In the end, we were able to turn it around. But folks, it is an everyday reminder and an everyday battle. 
Behavior, attitude, diligence, you name it, we have an opportunity for growth! 
I tried to use my clip-chart to reward my sweethearts and encourage better choices from my other friends….
Didn’t work…
Then, I tried to ‘punish’ my not so good choice making friends with moving clips and loss of privileges. 
That was a HUGE didn’t work…
Students yelling, clips flying… Oy-Vay! 
It didn’t seem what I did, say, didn’t do, didn’t say… we just couldn’t settle down, turn the attitude off, or be respectful of the learning enviroment. This teacher had enough. If the clip-chart wasn’t working, then we won’t continue with the clip chart! 
no more clip chart
TEARS! I love that clip chart! 🙁
Out with the clip chart and in with…
If you’re not familiar with this online program, here’s a quick run down! 
Each student is assigned a little avatar monster. Students can earn points and loose points based on their choices through out the day. What you do with the points is up to the teacher. 
Now, using this program eliminated the slamming, throwing, and destroying of clips. It also provided a fun goal and way to reward students even if they were having a rough day, but were making an effort. 
We’re in the early stages of it, but so far it’s helping. Not perfect by any shot, but helping. 
I know that any long term behavior management system also needs a proactive piece. That’s why I am also starting, “The Leader in Me” program in my classroom.
 My hope is Class Dojo will provide the extrinsic awards some of my little thirds so desperately need and using “The Leader in Me” program will help create more proactive and successful students. Fingers crossed! 
Now, I’m off to say some more prayers and ask God for more patience and understanding. I am sure there’s a reason I have these sweeties in my classroom. 

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5 Responses

  1. Class Dojo works well for my 3rd graders! Hope it keeps working for you as well! A huge part of being a teacher is being flexible and finding what works for each new group of kiddos. Kudos to you for doing just that! Your kids are lucky to have you and hopefully putting in all this work now will help you have a better, less stressful year!

  2. I think there is "something in the air" across the nation. I have heard from MANY teachers, myself included, that this year's class is a "handful" to put it mildly. Thank you for the Dojo idea. 🙂

  3. You are such an inspirational, reflective teacher, Leigh! I had a heartbreakingly tough class last year…they tried my patience e.v.e.r.y. day! What made it worse was the fact that my own SON was in that class! Across the hall, of course, but he was a part of the peer group. We never did find a system that worked to calm them down, and I continue to pray for their second-grade teachers…I found out about Class Dojo a little too late (this summer). Sending prayers your way that this continues to improve the learning environment for you!!!

  4. Enjoy your views. I am a first year classroom (2nd grade) teacher after 7 years teaching intervention. Love 2nd grade. I had a wonderful class. I am curious how your Dojo experiement worked out. Also, being at a Leader in Me school, I would like to know how you infused it into your class and what you thought of the results? What will you do differently next year?

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Hi, I'm Leigh.

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