I went to the Texas Behavior Conference in Houston this year and came back with a really cool FREE resource. Class Dojo is a website where teachers can monitor and reward positive behavior. Here’s a link http://www.classdojo.com/
To get set up you go to the website and click the “teachers try it right now” button. You can set up an account in about ten minutes. The idea is simple. You give every kid in your class an avatar/with their name and as they demonstrate positive behavior you click there name and give them a point. The program then sends of a 1 sec sound and flashes the kids name on the computer screen. (you could project this onto a smart board or on the wall with a projector for the class to see). If you are using your computer you can give points from your ipad or smart phone.
There is also a place to put in your class rules and you can take points away for negative behavior. The program will also give a 1 sec sound and display the kids name (there is also a place in setting where you can turn off the public display for negative behaviors**) One teacher I’ve shared this with has pointed out that this would be a good way to keep up with class discipline. It can be used for that, but PLEASE remember that this is suppose to be a POSITIVE support. So if you use it to track negative behaviors too be sure you are giving out plenty of positive comments also. Otherwise the child’s behavior graph will be very negative.
At the end of every class you can pull up a graph for the entire class, or per student, and see the percent of positive comments. You could then offer rewards based on this percent.
This program is a FREE positive incentive for kids. There are a variety of ways it could be applied. Check it out and see what you can do with it, after all it’s FREE. 🙂