Use This New, Free, Quick, and Easy Classroom Management Tool
If you haven’t already heard of Class Dojo, a cutting edge classroom management tool, let me fill you in.
Our fourth and fifth grade teachers are using it and they absolutely L-O-V-E it!! Class Dojo is a website which allows you to load all of your students and keep up with their behaviors, positive or negative, based on a point system. You can upload the behaviors you want that match your classroom rules and expectations. For example, you can include behaviors such as “off task”, “participating”, “showing respect” etc. The entire system is on a website and/or it can be used as an app on an ipad or iphone (and android).
The marvelous thing about this is there is no walking over to a behavior chart to change a card or clip etc. You can carry the ipad around with you and immediately respond to behaviors. Then when you want to reward or use a consequence, you simply click/touch the child’s name. Each child has a cute colorful avatar beside their name.
They also have a little red bubble that shows their points accumulated. Students avatars can be projected onto a screen or smart board so that they can see their avatars and points. A whole classroom can be given a point at one time too–say for example all of the students walked quietly in the hall or all students were working hard on an assignment. I also really like the “random” button. You can push the random button and different names will flash on the screen until the program finally lands on one name. Then when it stops on that one name, you can look to see if that student is using appropriate behavior and record his/her point accordingly. This especially keeps the kids sitting up straight if the names are projected on a screen.
What’s even better is that there can be instant parent communication. Parents can have a code to view their child’s behavior and see how they are behaving. Students can even change and decorate their avatar to look like they want it to. The best part about Class Dojo–it is totally FREE!!