New (and hopefully improved)
1st Grade Behavior Plan
Parents, we currently have 26 students in our classroom. As a whole, we are having a difficult time staying on task and keeping social and academic times separated. With a lot of thought and research, I have decided to change up how I am keeping track of student behavior. I am going to start using ClassDojo. It is an online teacher tool. Students will be earning Dojos for good behavior and losing them for misbehavior. It will help build your student’s learning habits and boost classroom engagement. It also allows me to track student behavior and learning skills throughout the day!
Good behavior is rewarded randomly with teacher recognition as well as with Dojo points. If a student earns a Dojo for positive behavior, they will get a point in one of the following areas: helping others, homework turned in, on task, participating, teamwork, and working hard. On the other hand, students can lose Dojos for being unkind to a classmate, disrespectful, off task, talking out of turn. They will also be able to gain or lose points during special classes such as PE and Music.
Each student has his/her name on a clothespin attached to the colored paper chain. Each color stands for a positive move on the rope. Students will move up their clip to be rewarded for earning Dojo points as follows:
Rewards Chain throughout year
Wow!—Red (100, 200, 300 Dojos)—gets a new clip color to start back through
colors all over again as well as prize from prize box and lunch in the classroom with a friend
Outstanding!—Orange (80, 180, 280 Dojos)—Coupon with special activity
Impressive!—Yellow (60, 160, 260 Dojos)— Lollipop or gum
Great Job!—Green (40, 140, 240 Dojos)— Decorated pencil
Working Hard!—Blue (20, 120, 220 Dojos)—change avatar and fancy eraser
Ready to Learn!—Purple (Start here at beginning of year)
Each time your child makes it to the top, they get a new clip color and start back through all the colors again.
You will get a behavior note home at the end of the day to be signed and returned the next day if your child ends the day with 3 or more negative Dojos.
I have set up an account for each student to use at school or at home. His/her login information is included on the attached page. You may also create your own account in order to be able to track your child’s progress at any time. Just use the attached parent code. There is even an iPhone and android phone/tablet app! You can even send messages back and forth with me. I will also share pictures and activities from our day on there. I think this will be a great way for us to stay in contact about how your child is doing both academically and socially. The kids are so excited to start next week!
Let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks, Mrs. Dykes
August 19, 2015
Dear First Grade Parents,
Welcome to Frances Willard First Grade! My name is Mrs. Kayla Dykes, and I will be your child’s teacher this year. I would like to share a little about myself with you. I graduated from ACHS in 2002, from Cowley College in 2004, and from Emporia State University in 2006. This will be my ninth year teaching, my third teaching first grade. I look forward to getting to know you and your goals for your child this year.
Math, Reading and Writing will take up the majority of our day. We will be using common core state standards. Please take time to listen to what your child has done during the day. It is also important to read to them or have them read to you every day.
Each student will have a folder they keep in their backpacks that goes home and comes back to school every day- it’s a good place to check for notes. Each week your child will come home with a list of sight words the class is working on. Please practice these with your child daily. Library books will also come home each week. Please read with your child each night allowing your child to find the sight words they know and decoding words they are unfamiliar with. As the year progresses have your child take over more of the reading. Fill out the reading log each night and return on Monday.
If you want to bring treats for your child’s birthday (or half birthday if they have a summer birthday) please let me know ahead of time. Birthdays are a big deal in my classroom. I would love for you to come in, however, let me know so I can tell you what time will be best. If you just send treats with your child, that’s fine too. We will have them when it fits best in our day. We also will have three parties to celebrate holidays throughout the year, if you would like to help, please let me know. The district is strongly encouraging families to bring healthy snacks for parties.
You will find our classroom rules and behavior plan on the back of this letter.
Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions or concerns. My plan time during the day is from 1:00-2:00, so you may call me at school during this time or anytime before or after school. You may also contact me through email. I hope that we can work together to make this a great year for your child.
School: 441-2050 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
First Grade Behavior Plan
This year we will be focusing on strongly on teamwork to go with our sports theme. Each group of students will be working together to earn goals. Whichever team has the most goals at the end of the week will be “Team of the Week” the following week. They will have special chair covers, placemats and decorations at their table.
We will also be earning class parties by working together as a large team. Following directions for support staff and in their special classes will earn them homeruns around our bases.
I have a special box with time out supplies in it including a timer, a stress-relieving ball and a think sheet. Student’s may put themselves in time out if they feel they need a break or a teacher may also move them away from the group for a time to reflect. If this is happening on a daily basis I will contact you.
Thank you for being supportive and encouraging your child to make good choices at school.