I posted a few days ago about the troubles I have had with my class this year. It seems no matter what I do, rewards or consequences, nothing works! You know it's bad when I asked my students to raise their hands if they have made it to every behavior reward party this year and a student asks, "What's that?" Funny, but sooo not funny! Someone named Kriss commented that they have started using a site called Class Dojo. I had never heard of it, so I decided to look into it a bit. Please keep in mind I am writing about this completely blind. I have not used this in the classroom yet, but I am planning to after break. Basically, you set up your class (or in my case, classes). Yes, I do get a little break in the afternoon when I get a new crop of students for reading class! After setting up your classes, you decide what positive and/or negative behaviors you want to track. The beautiful thing is that it can be displayed on the SmartBoard and you can work it from your iPad or Smart Phone. If a student is participating or helping out a classmate, or just doing what they are supposed to be doing, you can reward them points. If a student is being disrespectful or out of their seat, or not doing what they are supposed to be doing, you can take away points. I think I might start out focusing on the positive. But with this particular group of students, I might need to eventually do both. In my grade level, we use a checklist behavior management system, which I posted about here last year. The great thing about it is that it is portable and can move with my students to other classes. The downfall is that when students get checkmarks, it is not a visual reminder of their behavior (like the card system). Displaying Class Dojo on the SmartBoard would serve as a visual reminder to students.
Picture this: I'm sitting in small group during Daily 5 time. I have my iPad next to me. I notice two students reading the entire Daily 5 choice time. I can quickly award them points. A student I'm in group with has an interesting insight, I can award her a point. Another student decides to get up and start walking around the room. I take away a point from him. He sees on the SmartBoard that he has just lost a point. It quickly corrects his behavior and my group is not interrupted because I am doing everything from my iPad. Can you picture it? I can! I just hope it works the way I'm visualizing!
I am interested to see if anyone else has used or is currently using Class Dojo in their classrooms? If so, what do you like or dislike about it and what advice can you give?