To follow The Leader in Me (c) program, I've included the use of leadership points on a daily basis, to promote accountability, respectful behavior and participation in a middle school classroom. Students strive to get 5 points a day, and they are given a participation grade for these points. A participation grade is appropriate for a World Language classroom, so the point value is entered into the gradebook every Friday. For ELA and homeroom classes, leadership points are tied to dips into the treasure chest.
Individual Leadership Points
Students keep track of their points through the use of ClassDojo (see below) and are motivated to work their hardest. They receive points daily for the following:
- Being on time (+1 point)
- Prepared (+1 point) (all materials necessary for class)
- Positive participation (+1 point)
- Positive leadership (+1 point for each instance)
- Homework completion (+1 - +4 points, depending upon length and difficulty)
- Using electronic devices (-1 point for each instance)
- Negative leadership (-1 point for each instance)
- Electing to leave the classroom (-2 points for each instance)
Whole Classroom Leadership Points
Students also contribute to whole classroom leadership points. When a class reaches a certain predetermined number of points, they earn a reward for the entire class, such as snacks, fiestas, games, movies, video clips, coloring or wordsearch/crossword puzzles, etc.
Students earn whole classroom points by:
- having their materials ready after a transition
- having the highest classroom grade percentage
- having no missing assignments as a class
- staying on task during an activity
I've adapted the use of ClassDojo into my everyday classroom. Each student is assigned a Dojo Monster and sees their name, monster and leadership points when they enter the room. When they earn a leadership point during class, they see their name pop up on the screen and their monster tracks their total number of points.
Because the application syncs between devices, students are able to see their points being added from a mobile device as the teacher or classroom leader walks around the room and awards points.
I've had the opportunity to present my classroom management system using ClassDojo at professional development meetings in my district.