ClassDojo, or behaving well done right
Did you ever struggle to keep tabs on your students’ behaviour? Then ClassDojo might be the tool for you!
What is ClassDojo?
ClassDojo is a tool to keep track of the behaviour of students in the classroom, and analyzes it through reports that can be shared directly to the parents. It is a fun tool for both the teacher and his or her students, as it is customizable. Students can choose the avatar that represents them. Managing more than one class is also easy, since it is possible to create folders for more than one group. Moreover, the classes are associated to certain levels, a tutorial to create classrooms can be found here.
How can it be used in a classroom?
Since ClassDojo is a behaviour tracking tool, the best way to use it in a classroom setting is by using it to check on the students’ behaviour in class. Since it can be shared with the parents directly, it is a nice way to communicate with them without having to explain what happened specifically via email. The point system comes with simple guidelines for students to follow, but they are customizable too, to suit the teacher’s criteria. The clear distinction between the positive and negative behaviour to adopt in class is great for younger children. Teachers can also create their own criteria to evaluate. Every point given to the student can be notified to the parents, so they can follow their child’s behaviour constantly. Students that behave well and accumulate a certain number of points after a set amount of time may be eligible for a reward activity or a prize (toys, stickers, etc. work especially well with younger levels). Other testimonies about how teachers implemented that tool in their classrooms can be found here, here and here. More drastic implementation, such as that of projecting the classroom on a white board so that everyone can see the others’ results is also suggested here. Time saving is also discussed here.
To sum up, I think ClassDojo is a great disciplinary tool for younger learners but may be lackluster when used with grade 9 students (and above). It has become a very popular tool across the globe, and innovative ways on how to implement it are shared on many social media websites, like Pinterest!