Today was Day Five. There’s not much to report. We did a diagnostic writing pre-assessment from the county. That’s basically it. Hopefully tomorrow will be more exciting. By the way, this is one of those short post days I was talking about.
Edit: I’m back. Ok, I’ll write a little more. The magic for me happened today when I got home, and I was able to do my videos for the week. I did two flips, one for all of my students, and a secret one for captains of the squads. In case you don’t feel like watching them, the first video was a very general recap of where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going. The second one is a secret mission for all of the captains.
Again, it would probably be smarter of me to keep this hush, hush so that my students don’t find out, but:
- I don’t think they read my blog, and
- I secretly want them to see the video, so everyone will want to be a captain.
Muhahahahaha. I think everybody does want to be captain, but this will make it even more desirable. One of the items that students can “purchase” with their Class Dojo points from The Item Shop is a change of captain, but this is by team consensus. I think I’ll add an item to immediately grant themselves captain status. This will cost them dearly, my pretty. But it’s all good…to loosely paraphrase Chris Aviles, status is the most coveted reward. Following that, there is access, power, and stuff, respectively. Being a captain hits three of the four, but from what Chris said, the kids don’t care that much about stuff to begin with.
My first year using Class Dojo, I used a lot of stuff as rewards. When you hit 100 points, you got a pizza party. Boom. It was ok…better than nothing, but it was costing me a bunch of money, and it probably wasn’t the most healthy thing to do.
Last year, I hit on access more. When you hit 100 points, you got an exclusive invite to a Dance Central Party. The kids loved this, but we ran out of time and didn’t get to everyone. I felt horrible about this, because they earned it, but you can only have two players battle at a time. Once the list started to pile up, it was a lost cause. I think I’m forgiven. Anyway, this year, I’m trying to hit all four domains, but focusing mainly on the first three.
I saw just how right Chris was, when I read this blog post this morning. A student said that being captain, even for a short time, was “the best 60 seconds of this year!” Wow, that’s pretty deep, even though we’ve only been in school for five days.
I loved the support that she gave to her classmate. I think this year will be pretty cool. The eighth graders are a phenomenal, talented group of kids. They don’t like taking diagnostic writing pre-tests very much, but we will work on that. We still have 175 days to go. It’s already going by way too quickly.