Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Tried It Tuesday- Class Dojo

No way am I missing this link party two weeks in a row! 

Holly over at Fourth Grade Flipper hosts Tried It Tuesday weekly. Mine I literally tried TODAY! 

I set up Class Dojo with my students. This is a behavior management plan for your classes. I know bloggers have shared about it before. I know I will not do it justice. 

I was weary because I have six classes and I was freaking out about the logistics.

One of my co workers is doing it in 8th grade and showed me how awesome it was working. So, I knew I had to try it. 

I signed up for FREE and did a little prep work to set my classes up. 

I signed up a day for ipads and students created their accounts. This is all explained very well on the site. It's very "teacher" friendly. 

My students love the little monster/alien avatars. They can change them as well. They will access to their accounts and so can their parents. 
cute little furry guys! 

You can set the behaviors you want to track and customize them for your class. It's not all just behavior, you can incorporate academics if you want. 

Students receive positive or negative points throughout the class. I literally walked around with my ipad and gave rewards. Students heard just the positive or negative awards sounds and knew what I was doing. 

You can get a report of behaviors, for your class or individuals! (I think a great tool for parent conferences!)

The best part of it for me and the one my kiddos LOVED, is the randomization. When the class list is open, you push a button and it randomly chooses a student. They answer the question and then I give them a participation reward. 

It is AWESOME!!! My students do not raise their hand and they all listen to the question because they don't know if their name is going to be called or not. One class was actually disappointed if their name wasn't chosen. 

I am hooked, at least for the randomization. I know I have lots more to learn, but it is definitely worth setting up and trying. I was skeptical, but now I know this will help manage my classes. 

Maybe you will give it a try and let me know what you think. I am sure I will learn more as I use it more and be sharing about it soon! 

The best part... 

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  1. It's great isn't it!! I love classdojo. Absolute godsend with my rowdy boys!!
    The E-Z Class

  2. I have not used ClassDojo this year with this class, but I have used it in the past. I love that I can add points from my phone or ipad. So fast!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. I have heard so many great things about this program. Looking into this is on my "must do" list this weekend.

    Thank you for sharing your positive experience. I'm looking forward to giving it a try.

    Fit to be Fourth
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  4. Our lower school teachers love this, but I was skeptical about using it with seventh and eighth graders. Your positive experience, and that of your co-worker, may have changed my mind. Did you frame it a certain way to make it seem less "young"?

  5. I am using it too and the students love it! I just have to find the time to keep up with adding points in class because that is the most valuable. A student told me today that his dad who teaches seventh grade uses it too!
    Fourth Grade Flipper