Monday, October 1, 2012

ClassDojo: A Classroom Behavior Program Webtool

This year I began using ClassDojo in my classroom and I LOVE it!  It is a free web-based tool that is designed to:

  • Improve student behavior and engagement by awarding and recording real-time feedback.
  • Print or email behavior reports to easily engage parents
  • Save time by recording behaviors and accomplishments right in class, with just one click: NO extra data   entry required.

  • The ClassDojo screen can be projected on the IWB so that students can view their points and see when a reward is given.  The teacher has the option to show both positive and negative rewards.  Another nice feature is the ability to create your own rewards based on the need of your classroom.  You can also choose to have an audible tone accompany a reward.

    I have found that students really sit up and take notice when a fellow classmate is rewarded for their behavior or involvement in class.  The whole class works better as a team to get points for the entire class, and they can't wait to see their "end of the day" report. As a class we discuss the sections of the "circle" graph to see how many were "good helpers", "hard workers", "on task", etc.  Students cheer for their great efforts that day.  I give the class an extra special treat if we go three days without any negative section on this report.  This report has benefits for me, the teacher, also.  It is a really good self-check to ensure that the number of positive comments/rewards given in any one day are at an acceptable ratio with any negative points.  This really hasn't even been an issue though as students are so engaged in the process that negative behaviors rarely happen at all!

    ClassDojo is such a fast and efficient way to record behaviors. I use the iPad app, so behaviors can even be recorded when we leave the classroom.  At the end of the day I make comments on a students page if necessary.  On Friday, the two students with the most points get a prize from our class treasure box get to pick a new avatar. (Each student has a cute avatar next to their name on the screen.)   I also send individual reports via email to parents requesting them.  (An introduction letter explaining ClassDojo, along with a request form was sent home at the beginning of the year.)  This process only takes a few seconds!  I reset all points back to zero for the new week.  (This is optional.)

    The ClassDojo folks are very efficient at answering any questions.  They also have an ongoing format for teacher input and are continuously making changes to their product based on this input.

    Here is the link if you would like to take a look at this great web tool:

    I would highly recommend it!  

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    1 comment:

    1. Neat system. I've been seeing this on blogs a lot lately!
      Tamra and Sarah
      First Grade Buddies