Every now and then I find a website that becomes invaluable. One which I just cannot imagine doing without. Class Dojo is rapidly becoming one of those sites for me. Do you use Class Dojo? If not can I recommend it to you as an amazing FREE classroom management tool for both primary and secondary teachers. Class Dojo has several uses in the classroom. These are some of the ways I am using Class Dojo this year.
Attendance: In previous year I have created elaborate SMART notebook files combining pictures with the students names which sat open on my SMARTboard every morning. Now I just open Class Dojo set it to attendance and mark every student as absent. They enter the classroom and tap their names, hey presto I know instantly who has arrived for the day.
Reward points: The main purpose of Class Dojo is the rewarding of positive and negative point. My class and I set up our reward point system together at the beginning of term. Jointly we decided what behaviours should be rewarded and what actions students should get negative points for. So I give out points for such things as quiet work, great questioning, kind words, helpful behaviour etc. Points are taken away for late or incomplete homework, forgotten equipment, books left at home etc. Points are accumulative and they can be cleared or maintained for as long as you require.
Ease of use: Class dojo is available to use on a SMARTboard so that it is visible for the whole class, as an IPad app, so I can award them quietly and discretely and as an iPhone app. Personally I like to use my IPad as I find awarding them on the SMARTBoard can be distracting for students.
Classes or groups: I have my year 6 class and my maths group set up on Class Dojo and it is easy to switch between groups. In my classes once a student has ten Class Dojo points they receive our own school house points, so it is easily transferable for all styles of reward systems.
Students use: Class dojo offers student codes, so that they can customize their avatars and view their profiles. In their profiles they can see what points have been awarded and why. My class love to look at this together on a Friday. We use that time to reflect on our week, praising the positives and discussing ways to help each other avoid the negatives.
Parent codes:. Class Dojo also allows teachers to give out parent codes. I have not done this but i would imagine it could be useful with younger students or any on a behaviour management program.
Do you use Class Dojo? Why not try it for yourself.