Sunday, October 13, 2013

Five for...Sunday!

Yet again, another super busy weekend! I am just now getting around to Doodle Bugs Five for Friday Linky!

1.  For one of my centers this past week I had my students come up with a word problem including decimals and make an Educreations video of it.  It's a great app that you can create slideshows and videos on!  They had to first come up with the setting, characters, and action to take place.  Then they wrote the word problem.  They had to find pictures on the internet to illustrate their video.  Finally they put it together and then created it!  The videos were awesome!  Here is a pic of some of my girls narrating their videos!

2.  I already wrote a blog about my new favorite app, Class Dojo, but I figured I would share it again!  Class Dojo is a classroom behavior management app in which you can give and take away points for good or bad behavior.  It is the best thing that has happened to me all year! If you haven't checked it out yet, go do it right now!

3.  43 days until Christmas! AHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!  I love everything about Christmas!  Can't wait!

4.  Today my mother, sister, husband and I took my daughter to the Pumpkin Patch for the first time!  We had a blast!  She, on the other hand, didn't exactly enjoy the super expensive pony ride or the carousel.  We got some funny pictures of it though, so the tears were worth it!  Here are a few good ones!

5.  Last but not least, it's a THREE DAY WEEK!  I am super excited about having two days off to lounge around with my baby girl and have some fun!  YAY FALL BREAK!

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Class Dojo!

Man.  It's been a rough couple of weeks.  I normally don't have a big problem with behavior management in my classroom but this year nothing seems to work.  I have been really upset lately and have been trying to think of a new behavior management strategy to use with my class.  Then I found out about this amazing app called Class Dojo!

Oh my goodness! I love me some Class Dojo!

It is a behavior management system in which you can give and take away points based on behavior.  The sign up is super easy; just the standard information.  You put each student into the app/website (whichever you use) and you can immediately start giving them points!

Here is what the layout looks like...

Students can choose their own avatars by logging on using their student code, which is given to you after you put all of your students in.  They can also check their behavior when they get home each day.

What is even cooler is that parents can log on using their parent code (which is on the same sheet as the student code) and track their child's behavior any time they want to! Parents also receive a weekly email each Friday that summarizes their child's behavior for the week.

Here are some of the super cute little avatars!

This app is highly customizable.  It comes with positive and negative behaviors built into it but you can create your own as well!  One big problem I have in my class is students getting out of their seats, so I added a negative behavior for that.  Anytime a student got up out of their seat when they weren't supposed to I simply clicked their name, clicked add a behavior and chose that one!  

All in all, I love this app.  I plan on creating a rewards program to go along with it.  Basically, each reward will have a QR code.  When students accumulate 50 positive points they will choose a QR code to scan with the QR scanner app on their iPad.  Their reward will be whatever they scanned.  Such as no shoes for a day, sit in the teachers chair for the day, eat lunch with the teacher, iPad free time, extra computer time, king sized candy bar, soda at lunch, etc.  Nothing that costs much money and nothing that I have to keep track of!

I am really excited to get the reward system up and running!  Can't wait!

Do you use Class Dojo?
Let me know in a comment!
If not, check it out HERE!

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October Currently!

It's been way too long! I have been super busy and just plain ol' tired lately.  But I'm excited to link up to Farley's Currently Linky to share my October Currently!

Listening:  Olivia likes to mumble to her 'Lovey' before bedtime.  It's adorable.

Loving:  I needed a day off with my girl.  I needed to remember what summer was like when I got to spend every single day with her.  Today we played, laughed, napped, watched tv and had a blast!  It made my heart happy.

Thinking:  I am obsessed with tv.  Once I finish a show I immediately begin another.  Today I finished 'Flash Forward', an ABC show that only lasted one season and started 'Prison Break'.  We will see if I like it!  Everyone needs their vice, and worthless tv shows are mine!

Wanting:  I want to go shopping for some new fall/winter clothes!  Fall is my favorite season and I cardigans are one of my favorite things in the world!  I always need more!  Kohls, here I come!

Needing:  I need a get-a-way!  Just a small weekend vacation somewhere!  Desperately!

Trick or Treat:  A special treat to use in the classroom, Remind 101!  Check it out if you haven't!  It's awesome!

Like, Comment, Enjoy and don't forget the rule of 3!

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