In our class we use Class Dojo for monitoring behavior. Students get points for positive traits like: working hard, helping others, and being prepared. Students can cash in their points for rewards. The rewards menu is pictured above.
I’m open to student suggestions for traits to add to the reward system, if we notice an area is lacking, and/or revisions need to be made to the rewards. After all, it’s their treat, they can have a voice in what they’d like to get.
In extreme cases, I deduct points (inappropriate language, cutting one another down, theft, etc.) Generally, positive points is effective enough on its own. Students can cash in their points for rewards once they have the amount they need, but if they have more points than necessary, they will lose the remaining points. For example, if they want a reward valued at 10 points, and they have 11 points. That 1-point will be donated to the end-of-the-year pool (more on that in the next paragraph,) so for some it may be better to hold onto the points until they have an exact amount and cash-in on multiple rewards. Points carry over from month-to-month and one quarter to the next, so students can really build!
At the end of the year, students will have the option to cash-in their points for final rewards, or donate them to the “pool.” Points that are donated to the pool go towards student-determined, teacher-approved rewards they’d like to see Ms. Barker do for them, such as “Wear Gators gear for a day.” (She is a ‘Nole after all…)
Use the following to get connected with your class:
Invites with your specific codes will go home after Open House.
Codes are specific to the individual!
Research Opportunity – Open to All:
- There will be times in class we have good questions, but aren’t able to stop and research them in class, but Ms. Barker will post the question here for anyone to research and answer.
- Only one student in ALL of Ms. Barker’s classes will get points for the question, so you want to be the first one to email the answer/resource (depending on the task) to email@example.com. Only email is accepted since it is date and time stamped.
- There won’t always be an open opportunity, but it will be on the blog as either an open opportunity, or an announcement that it’s been found (with the answer/resource.)
- There are currently three opportunities available. For two, the tasks are similar, but the topics are different. Click here and here for to learn about the task and topic.
- The third is to find out the term for when people are biased against based on their religion (general.) For example, “ageism” is defined as: the prejudice/discrimination based on a person’s age. Also, “Sizeism is a social pattern in which people whose bodies fit social ideals are treated differently from people whose bodies do not.” Likewise, “Classism is a social pattern in which rich/influential people congregate with each other and oppress those who are less wealthy or less influential.” Hint: the answer isn’t religionism … that means “excessive, or pretended religious zeal.” We want to know what what the word is for a person who is prejudiced against based on the religion (not any ONE, general term that encompasses any/all religious beliefs/practices) they believe. Provided answers are listed below. Please note: the opportunity will not expire until all answers have been found:
- “Religious discrimination” – submitted by a student in 5th period
- “Religious bigotry” – submitted by a student in 6th period