In class the focus is on Class Dojo. At the end of the day, we look at the results and make sure the SUPER chart represents this data. The challenge is aligning the behavior recorded on Class Dojo with the SUPER chart so that the message communicated to families about school behavior is accurate.
It is not as simple as having children turn their card for every negative recorded on Class Dojo. A student could have 10 indicators on Class Dojo for the day; however, there are only 4 levels beyond (S) on the SUPER chart. Given that, students would reach the end of the SUPER chart (R) after 4 negative behaviors and still have more positives than negatives. Rather, we look at the balance of negative and positive behaviors in the daily summary. When a child has more negative than positive, it is hard to reason that they have had a good day (green S or U).
As the children and I become familiar to Class Dojo, we will make adjustments to the following guidelines:
There has been a positive response for most children. It has been hardest for children that struggle with their behavior. I hope that the immediate feedback begins to make a difference.
Students are aware that their parents don't know about Class Dojo (until now). Everyday I talk with children about their results on Class Dojo and how the SUPER chart needs to fairly demonstrate how well or how poor their behavior has been. Despite one on one discussions, some children have communicated confusion when their parents question their SUPER chart. Although they struggle to explain it to their parents, they are crystal clear in their understanding when we talk about it in school. When they return to school, they admit how they didn't offer full disclosure because it felt better to keep their parents in the "dark."
The best tool for behavior management in school is collaboration between the teacher and parents. Without it, I have no credibility or power to manage their behavior and support their academic achievement. With it, I can make a difference. Thank you for your support. and cooperation!
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