1. Ditch the file cabinet and organize yourself with Binders!
With that in mind, I was sick of digging through my filing cabinet, trying to find that one worksheet or that one packet that my team mate needed. It was a hassle. Don’t even get me started about the file folders falling off the bars and causing a hot mess in the drawer. After that mess, I knew I needed to utilize a different system, a binder system.
I made a list of all the binders I would need to get organized, typed them up by using my Editable Binder Sets (that now comes in many different colors and styles!) and printed them out in color. I got to work quickly and soon enough I was staring at a shelf full of binders that were nice, neat, and ready to go at any moment!
2. Drop everything and Dojo!
I decided the best way to hook those kids into Class Dojo is by supplementing with Dojo Dollars. These bills can be earned anytime within the classroom and especially while you were out of it. It was easy for me to throw a couple dollars in my pocket than lug my iPad around or use my cell phone (which I always felt awkward about) so Dojo Dollars was the next best thing!
At the beginning of the year I send home a copy of this parent letter so I can get the parents involved as well. It makes everything easier when the parents are on board as well! Read more about how I use this letter to begin the year and grab my FREE editable Class Dojo Parent Letter. Now in the classroom, each student receives a Dojo Wallet which is printed on heavy card stock and laminated. I used my personal laminator at home, which takes a lot of sheets if you were making close to 30 like I was, but it is totally work it because they lasted ALL year long!
I used the money in two ways. 1. They could earn the physical money for on the spot things. I would give the money away for groups that were ready first or students who were standing silent in line while the rest of the class was chatting away. 2. They could earn virtual money through the Class Dojo “Bank Account” for working hard in cooperative table groups, guided groups or carpet time. I would always challenge the table groups to earn their own points and by the end of the week you could cash that out as well.
On Fridays was PAYDAY! I just had the app up on my desk and would pay out the students so the next week they would start at 0 again. I would have my teacher assistant deliver their “paychecks” during the end of the day while they were silent reading for a calm afternoon. Also on Fridays I would open up my “Dojo Store” where one group (we are went off a rotation) could use their money to buy special coupons for in the classroom use. I purchased these coupons and organized them by the prices we set in the beginning of the year. None of them cost any extra money on my part which is perfect on a teacher budget!