Move over, Mr. Miyagi – Behavior management in the classroom just got an upgrade. Actually, Class Dojo has been around for a while now, but a recent upgrade has made this easy-to-use app available to Android users as well as iOS.
Class Dojo is a tool that teachers can use to manage both positive and negative behaviors of their students within the classroom. A teacher sets up his/her classes, decides what positive behaviors will be rewarded, and can begin using the program immediately in the classroom.
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Class Dojo works using a point system, where positive behavior exhibited by students is is awarded with a point. Negative behaviors, on the other hand, result in a student losing a point. At any given time, a student’s overall behavior breakdown can be accessed and reviewed to summarize how he/she has behaved in class in a given time frame.
When students are awarded points, the teacher can select one or more students (all of which can be done from a tablet, PC, Mac, or smart phone (Android or iOS), and what behavior is being awarded. If the Class Dojo class screen is projected, the student(s) receiving the reward are instantly recognized in a pop-up on the screen, along with a satisfying chime to let the class know what behavior has been noticed by the teacher. Alternatively, a teacher could review the points at increments during class, or at the end of each class to recognize students for their positive behaviors. Additionally, Class Dojo automatically sends out reports to parents each Friday, given that you have entered email addresses for your students beforehand.
In my own experience with 5th graders, I have noticed that Class Dojo does a great job of focusing on the positive behaviors of students, even when negative behaviors are occurring at the same time. With many reward/punishment systems, the positive and negative consequences are not connected, and many students receive more attention and recognition for doing things “wrong,” although they may be doing many more things “right.” Class Dojo summarizes both together, and students can receive more attention for the positive decisions they make in the classroom.