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My goal is to allow my students to learn more about mathematics and purchase materials that they can use through making fiscal decisions with the money (Dojo dollars) that they earn in class. Students currently earn Dojo Dollars in our classroom for their behavior, by helping others and for completion of classroom activities. I also want my students to be able to use mathematical content at home with families which will contribute to future financial literacy and for the students by involving parents.

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ACH- "Achieva" more with Class Dojo

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School:
Pinellas Central Elementary School 
Subject:
Mathematics 
Teacher:
Jenni Blanchard Herman 
Students Impacted:
19 
Grade:
Date:
September 12, 2017

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Achieva Credit Union - $1,000.00

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Goal

My goal is to allow my students to learn more about mathematics and purchase materials that they can use through making fiscal decisions with the money (Dojo dollars) that they earn in class. Students currently earn Dojo Dollars in our classroom for their behavior, by helping others and for completion of classroom activities. I also want my students to be able to use mathematical content at home with families which will contribute to future financial literacy and for the students by involving parents.  

 

What will be done with my students

As a means to prepare our students for financial literacy throughout life we would like to continue on with our class incentive store. It would be known as our Dojo Store.

The Dojo store contains items such as high interest books, bookmarks, pencils etc. This class run store would allow students to earn money for being a good citizen, being responsible and will be disbursed for daily behavior. In essence, it the Dojo store would motivate students so that they have the opportunity to make purchases at the Dojo store. Students will keep track of their earnings, trade in their earnings for higher increments and learn to save their earnings to be able to purchase the desired items in the Dojo store. This will not only promote fiscal responsibility but it will show our students that we can work together to make our class, school and community a better place for everyone!

The Dojo store will also allow our 2rd grade students to inherit a set of real world skills that they can apply to everyday life. Our grant will provide an added feeling of success and promote fiscal literacy in unison. Allowing our students to take responsibility for themselves and their actions will be positively reinforced through this grant. Motivation is key in helping our 2nd grade students be successful. For some of our students in our school it has been a while since they have felt truly motivated and successful. I have a diverse population among my 19 students. The Dojo Store can be utilized to extrinsically motivate these students while we move them to their ultimate goal of intrinsic motivation. Many students in our class have low self-esteem and have very limited finances at home to purchase additional educational materials at home to aid in their success. Purchasing books for pleasure is almost impossible as our school nears the 70% mark for free and reduced lunch. The Dojo store would have high interest books and series books that students can purchase. Students have already purchased some books through this store and have used them at home with their families (see attached photo where a student bought a book and then taught her mother to "turn and talk" like we do in class to make a prediction-permission given by parent to use photo). I also want them to be able to purchase math manipulatives that they can take home to use and to play math games with their families which will increase their number sense an overall awareness of numbers. Involving parents through the Class Dojo app has been amazing. Not only can parents and students track their daily Dojo dollars they can maintain a portfolio of work and share it between home and school. This allows the parents to feel involved in their child's day. One of the most important things we can do to prepare our students for a life of fiscal responsibility is to give them the opportunity to practice and be successful in regards to finances as well as including their families.  

 

Benefits to my students

Students will be responsible for maintaining their "earnings" and will be able to preview "merchandise" so they know if they want to spend all of their money each month or if they want to save it up for a more expensive piece of "merchandise." Students will learn to plan their finances to achieve the outcome that they would like. Additional Dojo dollars would also be awarded when students meet personal goals that directly impact them. For some ESE students it might be finally learning all of their letter sounds, answering a written response for the first time or for simply attempting a task that they would have never tried before. For some of our students lacking motivation we can tie it to their personal goal of regular attendance at school, completion of homework and even being risk takers and attempting something new. Students can purchase (for a small amount of Dojo dollars) basic school supplies that they would like so that they can take them home in addition to other items like brand new books and math tools and games that they might not normally be able to afford to due to lack of funds. They are able to take these items home to keep, thus putting brand new reading and math materials as well as supplies in the hands of kids who really need them.  

 

Describe the Students

I have 19 students currently in my classroom. I have 3 ESE students, 3 Tier 3 students (students who are in progress of being identified as ESE), I have 6 ESOL students. I also have one student identified as homeless. Of my students, 7 are high performing, 6 average performers and 6 low performers. What you really need to know about them is that to spite their circumstances they are caring, intelligent kids who like a challenge. They are the kind of kids who will buy from our class store for their families before themselves. These are the kids who make our future look brighter. 

 

Budget Narrative

Scholastic:($500.00)
Students will have a chance to help order the books from scholastic that are of interest to them. Series such as: Poppleton, Pete the Cat, Judy Moody, Magic Tree House Splat the Cat (as seen in the picture attached).

Office Depot:($100.00)
Carson-Dellosa Base 10 Blocks Curriculum Cut-Outs Sets, Multicolor, Grades Pre-K - 5, Pack Of 12 x 10 (64.99), 2 packs of AstroBrights Cardstock-1 Yellow, 1- Blue $31.98 (to print additional math games)

Oriental Trading Company:($400.00)
Decks of cards for math game x10-$79.99
Dice for math games x 10- $34.99 (if unavailable may purchase at the Dollar Store).
Bingo Chips for math games x 6- $30
Incentives in Dojo Store- Pencils, book marks, notepads, erasers, stress balls etc. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Scholastic Books (for high interest books for the Dojo Store) $500.00
2 Office Depot (base 10 block cut outs/cardstock for math games) $100.00
3 Oriental Trading Company (decks of cards, bingo chips for math games and incentives for Dojo Store) $400.00
  Total: $1,000.00

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