Behaviour Management With A Little Digital Help
Class Dojo (www.classdojo.com) is a real-time behaviour management system for teachers who have an internet-enabled computer and a projector or IWB.
You start by creating an account and setting up a class by typing in the names of your students. Avatars for each student are automatically generated during this process.
In class, you select a student and award a positive point for behaviour such as creativity, hard work, working quietly, etc.
You can also award negative points for bad behaviour, when a student doesn’t bring homework or if he/she arrives late, etc.
Think of it like a digital star chart with added extras. The points can be awarded individually or, by selecting all students, you can give everyone a point. On the board, you can show only the positive or only the negative points the students get.
You can also undo if you make a mistake or change your mind, and it’s possible to reset all points to zero too. So far so good, but what makes Class Dojo really interesting is that at the end of the day, the programme displays a pie chart with the results of all student behaviour.
You can also select periods of time (days of the week, terms, etc) to display records for. You can even choose individual students and display their progress.
These are report cards that you can print off (on paper or PDF) for your own records or to give to the students or parents. You can also add and change the behaviour categories when you select ‘edit class’. This way you can tailor make the programme to suit the behaviour you want to reward or stop in your own class.
A final handy feature is the ability to use a smartphone or iPad as a classroom remote. This allows you to award points as you move around the class observing the children at work. The main site, which you might leave displayed on the whiteboard, still updates in real time.
All in all, Class Dojo looks like it is a great way of gamifying the behaviour of your class and could work well for many teachers. A great find!