As a part of a building wide initiative at Martin City, students are setting goals for themselves in all areas of academics, and 1st grade teacher Nicole Burkemper wanted a way to introduce the idea of setting goals to her students. She decided to start with them setting goals for their behaviors using Class Dojo, a free online classroom management system used in grades K-12.
Every Monday, students set goals for themselves by looking at how many points they earned on Class Dojo the week before. Ellie, a student in Mrs. Burkemper's class, has learned that she needs to set her dojo point goal higher every week, otherwise it is too easy for her! Great self awareness for a first grader!
Students earn/lose points throughout the week with Class Dojo depending on their behavior. Students know exactly how they can earn points and exactly how they can lose points in order to reach their goal.
Students who reach their goals by the end of the day on Friday, will participate in Fun Friday! Mrs. Burkemper has students choose from centers such as drawing/coloring, playdough, iPad, building blocks, puzzles, and more. Students also get to roll on her homemade "Dojopoly". Not everyone meets their goal, which is the harsh reality of goal setting. Students who don't meet their goal by Friday, are sent to another room during Fun Friday, but get a fresh start on Monday.
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