Class Dojo

Have you heard of Class Dojo? It's a classroom management took that helps teachers keep track of student behaviors. I know, we've all heard of a million of these, but seriously- this one is a winner. The kids love it, it's easy to use, and it's free. What else can you want in an app?


The kids love it because they are able to customize their avatars. I didn't think this would be as big of a deal as it is, actually. I thought it was a cool little "extra", but it turned out to be a driving factor. My 5th graders absolutely love logging in, changing their avatars, and checking out the avatars their friends made!

The site automatically creates reports about student behavior. The teacher can log in and see her entire classroom, or an individual student. It's pretty powerful to look at a chart that shows what your class excels at, and what they need more work on. Students can also log in at home and see a report about their own behavior. It's a powerful tool for students in the upper elementary grades. They can goal set, track their progress, and see their success as it happens. The system automatically generates parent reports, too! If you collect parent email addresses, you can have them sent out automatically weekly. I haven't utilized this portion of the software just yet since I adopted it mid year, but I am looking forward to trying it next year.

And, my favorite part, the apps! I downloaded the app to my iPhone and iPad. When I'm walking around the room and talking to students in small groups, I can give dojos out to students who are working hard, staying on task, or participating well in their groups. At the same time, I can have the dojo class screen displayed on my projector so the students can watch dojos accumulate on their avatar in real time. Seriously, it's great! The students are getting the verbal recognition that they want, and also earning dojos they can see. Best of all, for them, we trade dojos in for classroom currency weekly. They can use that to buy rewards in the classroom. 

I can't help but coo over a free tool that my kids love, parents love, and I love. Check it out!

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9 comments:

  1. Looks like a great tool! I'm featuring this post on Bagels and Blogs tomorrow. :)

    Donna
    Math Coach’s Corner

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  2. My kiddos LOVE class dojo too!! I put it up on the smart board and they love to see their points accumulating! :)

    Stephanie
    Elementary My Dear

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  3. Thanks for stopping by and following my blog!I'm your newest follower too! I'm sending you a surprise in your email-you'll be super excited!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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  4. I found your blog through Blogs By State. I'm so excited to find another Massachusetts blogger!!

    I am your newest follower :)

    Rae
    Mindful Rambles

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  5. Found you via Twitter. Thanks for following me there. I'm your newest follower here and even placed your button on my blog. Thanks for the info. about Class DoJo. Looks like something I can use!

    Happy Teaching,
    Angela
    The Teacher's Desk 6
    http://teachersdesk6.blogspot.com

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  6. I use Class Dojo as kind of a bucket filler type thing. The ipad app really helps.

    Love your blog! I'm your newest follower!

    Sweet Rhyme – Pure Reason

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  7. Ooh, I didn't know kids could customize their avatars, cute!

    You know, you don't even need to get parent Email addresses? You can print off reports, they get their own login code, and they can check in any time! I haven't introduced this to my class yet (I just got an iPad so I'm trying to pace myself in terms of rolling out new things with it so as not to overwhelm) but I already have these printed off.

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  8. I keep hearing so much about this. I think I will have to play around with it over Spring Break. Thank you so much for sharing about this. =)

    I am happy to be your newest follower. I would love for you to hop over and visit when you get the chance.

    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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  9. I love this idea! Have you discovered any pro's & con's since using it for a couple of months? I think that I may use this next year!

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