Thursday, July 27, 2017

Class Dojo does it again!

As you all know, I am a diehard @classdojo fanatic!!!! This is a teacher's dream come true! 


Whatever we ask, they somehow already get done for us! First it was student portfolios and oh my are they just amazing!!! Now it is a tool kit!! Yes, they have created a teacher's toolkit and if I may say so myself, it is AMAZING!!!!!

What is in the toolkit you ask? There are so many features! Eight in all! Here they are:

Group Maker
Randomly generate student groups of any size, all with one tap. Group Maker will be your new best friend!

Set the tone in your classroom with the perfect tunes for any activity. Play music that helps students focus, or make free time a little more fun 🎉

Noise Meter

Show students when they’re being too rowdy, or not rowdy enough! Like all tools, the Noise Meter will display on your projector or smartboard. 


Keep your class focused and aware of time remaining for any activity. Need more time? Add 15 seconds or more with just a single tap.


Display daily announcements, a welcome message, or morning work to start the day on the right foot!


Time to toss those old popsicle sticks! Select students at random with just a tap.

Display directions for your class with the Directions tool — no more repeating yourself 26 times!

Think Pair Share

Create a question for students to reflect and discuss in pairs. Partner activities and critical thinking have never been easier.

Isn't this amazing!!! I am so excited to use these in my room! And to pick just one as my favorite is impossible! The noise meter is needed and such a great visual for your kiddos! What a great way for your kids to learn to self regulate and quiet down on their own!!!

The directions!! What a timesaver and a voice saver as well as a nerve saver for us. Just think the days of repeating directions are over!!!!

Love how we can just log in and play music during transitions, writing or whenever else you need a little calming noises!!!!

The group maker is such a helper!! Great way to create your small groups!! And of course I love the think pair share!!! 

How do you get to it ? 

One thing you must remember is that you need to have ClassDojo pulled up on your smartboard, desktop etc but it can be minimized! The tool kit is accessible on your phone! When you login to your class you will see the toolkit option at the bottom of your class. See the photo below! 

When you hit the toolkit the next screen you will see is below!

Then you just choose your tool and away you go!!! 

What is even more amazing! These are not the only tools we will have access to! They want our input so we can help choose the next tool! So go to the website and vote!! Give your input!! 


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Reading Superpowers

It is getting to be that time of year again! The time of year when teaches start to think about and plan for back to school! Well, the one place you can not forget about is Oriental Trading! They have an amazing new sight for education!!!!! Click here to check out Learn365!!

When you see the picture below what do you think of?

I know many of you say Treasure Chest or reward box! And of course you would be right but when I saw it, I saw a guided reading superpower center!!! 

Instead of using this as a reward chest, I am using it for all the materials that my reading superheroes will be using to show me all of their reading strengths. This box is full of their "reading "superpowers"!

First we have their X-ray Vision Glasses! These are going to help them when they read the room looking for all the clues and task cards as well as when they are reading in small group!!!!

Alot of super heroes have a side kick! Our partner in reading is Bee boy! When we have him on our finger he helps us bee A Good Reader by helping us follow along and keep our place! 


It seems like super heroes have eyes everywhere! Well we have our second set of eyes to help us see our words and keep our place! 

Our super strength is shown when we can stretch out our words to hear the sounds by stretching our slinky and then put the slinky back together to blend the sounds! What super strength our amazing readers will be showing us!

Just like Batman, our super reading heroes have a super duty vehicle to help them read. These sound cars are amazing for them to stretch out and read their words and also for them to work on their reading fluency!!! 

And where are all of our super hero tools stored??? In our super power reading chest of course!!!

What better word to have on top of our reading chest then awesome! Because all of our super heroes will become awesome readers!!!

Thank you to Oriental Trading for once again having everything teachers need to create such amazing experiences and the materials our kids need to be successful!

My post is my own views and thoughts, Oriental Trading did not pay me for  this post! They did sponsor my post by sending me these amazing products!!