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How to create and use custom avatars on Class Dojo

Self-Portrait Custom Class Dojo Avatars

I have been using Class Dojo for six years now in my first through third grade classes.  I’ve used it in a variety of ways, and have changed the way I use the points as rewards to best meet my students’ needs.  I love that I’m able to build student behavior plans right within Class Dojo and can individualize plans for students all within the same system.  It has saved me so much time and

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Journal writing in the classroom

Journal Prompt Writing in the Classroom

I used to use journal prompts as a quick and easy center, or in my morning work rotation.  Over time, I started to only use prompts during the first couple weeks of the school year when we weren’t quite into our regular routines and I needed something students could easily do without having to spend too much time on procedures and expectations.  Then, those journals would sit in the students’ desks for months at a

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Amazon Echo & Alexa in the classroom

Amazon Echo and Alexa in the Classroom

On Amazon Prime Day this summer I bought an Amazon Echo Dot.  I had recently spent some time playing around with an Echo at a friend’s house and I quickly fell in love with it.  It’s a completely unnecessary piece of technology, but it helps my laziness you quickly and easily solve a few different tasks in the classroom.  The Amazon Echo has stronger speakers than the Dot but the Dot functions just fine in

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5 in a Row math games

5 in a Row: An Ever-Changing, Self-Timed Game that Students LOVE!

I moved down to 1st grade, from 3rd, this year to start a 3 year loop with my class.  I am very excited to try this out as my colleagues have had a lot of success with this model.  But, that change is a big change, especially in August.  I was trying to think of ways to practice number recognition as a review for my kids at the beginning of the year that were fun

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YouTube science channels

9 YouTube Channels to Help You Teach Science

I’m always looking for new videos to show my kids, especially when it comes to the content areas where I feel like I don’t have enough resources.  We have an old science textbook, and we get FOSS kits, but there’s so much more to show students for them to really understand science concepts.  I’ll be honest and say that my content areas get planned last, I don’t have nearly enough time to teach them, and

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