Back To School: ClassDojo
One of the most amazing tools I have seen in use in classrooms is ClassDojo. For those of you who haven’t discovered it, I would say it potentially could revolutionise your classroom management system. ClassDojo allows you to set up rewards for your class. For example, you might wish to reward children for being kind or being gentle. The rewards come in the form of points. The image below shows a typical class set up (screenshot from ClassDojo YouTube Channel), which shows what the children will see.
As you can see Jay (on the second row) is doing very well indeed! Sometimes your whole class may have performed well and you can give a point to everyone in your class. At the end of the week, you might give a reward to the child with the highest points, for example. The downside of classroom management is when a child isn’t doing something he/she should be doing. For example, if a child doesn’t look after property, they might lose a point.
All the way through this, data is stored and a beautiful graph can be made to show the different behaviours that each child has performed. Even better the child and his/her family can log on to their own account at home and see how they’re getting on in school. Children will also love the fact that they can choose their own avatar and change it when they want to.
It’s all so simple but incredibly motivating. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing a teacher using it with her class and she was kind enough to show me the progress being made because of it. It was also heartening to see the number of children who accessed their ClassDojo account at home to show their parents how they were doing.
There are other companies offering this type of service for hundreds of euro each but none that I’ve seen have come anywhere close to ClassDojo. I don’t know how they’re doing it but ClassDojo is completely free. So if you’re looking for a winning classroom management system that visual and effective, look no further than ClassDojo. ClassDojo can be found at http://www.classdojo.com