ClassDojo can help individual children as well as an entire class identify areas for improvement in their behavior and set related goals. Teachers set the behaviors, and goals can be based on schoolwide systems or areas identified by you. You can use the mobile app (iOS and Android) to give points from anywhere in the room, which frees you up to move around while providing feedback on students' academic efforts or on behaviors from critical thinking to kindness. The reports feature can be used at the end of a class to show students where their behavioral strengths and weaknesses are.
According to the online reviews and testimonials on the ClassDojo site, many teachers have found a complete transformation in their classrooms after implementing the tool. At the same time, ClassDojo may not be for everyone. Its design has the feel of a carrot-and-stick approach to behavior management, so you may find it doesn't match your classroom management style or teaching philosophy. In addition, its effectiveness depends on how you use it.
You can create different classes and add students to each class. Each student is assigned a "monster" avatar (not pejorative, we hope). The avatars can be customized. Teachers then input the behaviors and skills they want students to display, such as being on time, participating, or working hard. Students can earn points by behaving the right way.
When teachers click Start Class, the student avatars appear as a list on the screen. Each avatar has a number next to it indicating the number of points that student has. These numbers are green when they're positive and red when they're negative. You can award points through the computer or by using the app on your phone or tablet. If you feel it might be effective, the cute student avatars can be projected onto the board.
At the end of class, teachers can display a summary of behavior point totals for a class or by individual student. These reports can be emailed to parents, and parents and students can log in with a personalized, secure code to view their progress from home.
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