The school year is over! Yeah!
But as you know, teachers' minds immediately turn to what we can do differently next year. Considering the fact that classroom management is one of the biggest challen
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This blog post on Edutopia explores a program/app called ClassDojo. The teacher who wrote this post stated this program considerably helped manage student behavior in her classroom. This program is both apple and android compatible as it can be accessed on a laptop, desktop, smartboard, and smartphone. The program allows students to create their own avatars and from there teachers can award positive or negative points for behavior. This teacher found it more beneficial to limit the number of negative Dojos showing when a student losing a point its extremely serious. She also felt giving them more positive points was boosting moral and behavior. At the end of the quarter the teacher would allow her students with the most points to shop at the five-dollar prize store she created in her classroom. ClassDojo has many other benefits other than providing students with immediate feedback on their behavior. Parents can also see reports and stay in the loop regarding their child’s behavior. ClassDojo also allows teacher to look for trends and see what it not working and what is working in the classroom. This saves teachers time as all the information is stored in one place and ClassDojo points out the trends for you.
I was so excited when I found this article because ClassDojo was used throughout my cooperating school. Not only did classroom teachers use it, but as students moved to specials such as gym and music, those teachers could pull up ClassDojo as well. First hand, I can tell you how hard students try to earn points and how much they love it. As mentioned in the article, just the sound of the positive or negative Dojo can draw the class’s attention. While reading the post I noticed two major differences between the school written about in the post and my own cooperating school. First, I like how this teacher did not hand out as many negative Dojos. In the classroom I observed, handing out negative Dojos was somewhat of a common practice and not only did it upset kids but it hindered their educational process and discouraged them from engaging in their world, more so than the problem behavior that caused the negative Dojo. I believe I would adopt a similar to approach as the teacher writing the blog post. However, in my cooperating school students were allowed to use their Dojos as a currency at the school store. I like this better than the system in the article because it allows all students to be rewarded for their good behavior and hard work, not just the select students who had the highest amount of points. This way, all students are motivated to work for Dojos even if they have a lower number compared to the rest of the class.