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Why I love Class Dojo

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.

15 thoughts on “Why I love Class Dojo”

  1. I have been meaning to use Class Dojo for a long time, but have not done so as yet. Your post has inspired me to try it out. I have an iPad I can use, but not always an IWB.

    What sort of rewards do you give students, or are the rewards intrinsic?

    Cheers,
    Viv Tuckerman

  2. We used class dojo last year in Yr 6 and are using it our year 4 classroom this year. The attendence feature is a great one. We have set up our positive points based on the Habits of Mind and our 4 school rules. The students really like it especially creating their own avatars. The points will be traded in for ‘free choice’ activities at the end of the term which the students are looking forward to.

  3. I love the idea of aligning Class Dojo to Habits of Mind, what a great idea and so simple too. Thank you for commenting, I will definitely look to adding the ones we use regularly into my set for this year.

  4. Clas Dojo has ‘popped up’ a few times on my radar over the last 12 months. I haven’t used it yet, though I am going to get started now.
    I have a friend working in a remote community in outback Australia that swears by it.
    I was particularly interested in your suggestion that it works well with a Smartboard.

  5. Hi Henrietta- Kalen from ClassDojo here. Thank you so much for taking the time to post about us – our small team here at ClassDojoHQ really appreciates the support! We’d love to have you join our VIP team – just post this link into your browser after you log into ClassDojo!: http://teach.classdojo.com/#!/launchpad/vip

    If anyone who comes across this post has any questions for us or needs help getting set up with their free account, please don’t hesitate to reach out at kaleng@classdojo.com Cheers :)

  6. I’m an ESL teacher in China right now and I am swearing by ClassDojo. I started officially using it in my classes yesterday and it is perfect. It makes my students more attentive. They actually try more to learn the words and phrases. Because everything they do is either rewarded are penalized. They look at it as an adventure.

    Even the kids that used to talk all the time in the middle of class. No longer talk. It’s so great.

  7. I have used a class Dojo for about 2 years now and love it. I love how you can use it to record items like homework submitted, spelling test 100% , behaviour, creativity etc and then lack of behaviour and specifying what they are…this is your record and is emailed each Friday to parents for them to see. I also have a weekly chart to record weekly scores and reward on a weekly level and every 25 points gained. I teach year 5 , in Australia.

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