We intentionally waited to feature this next resource because with all new tools, they usually have kinks and we wanted to allow all the other guinea pigs to try it out before we gave it our stamp of approval! Now that this tool seems ready to go we want to share it with you as this week’s triple F.
If you haven’t quite figured out the best classroom management strategy that you want to use this year, not to worry…you should give ClassDojo a quick look. What originally looks like something out of the Monsters, Inc. movie could actually change your classroom behavior!
ClassDojo is a classroom tool that helps teachers improve behavior in their classrooms quickly and easily. It also captures and generates data on behavior that teachers can share with parents and administrators.
Better learning behaviors, smoother lessons and hassle-free data – and its FREE! (We just love that part!)
So, what are the benefits of using this free tool?
For teachers: in some classrooms, more than 50% of class time is spent managing behavior rather than delivering instruction; ClassDojo aims to greatly reduce this so teachers can do more teaching and less crowd control! In addition, for the first time, teachers have a painless way to focus on developing positive behavior over time, rather than just logging referrals once it is too late to intervene.
For students: research suggests the shorter the time period between an action and feedback for that action, the greater is the effect of the reinforcement. Specific positive reinforcement helps students develop a sense of purpose in the classroom, enhancing intrinsic motivation over time. By giving students visibility and data on their own behavior, ClassDojo makes class less disruptive and creates a more positive learning environment.
With ClassDojo you can instantly reinforce good behavior. Teachers can easily award feedback points for behavior in class in real-time, with just one click of your smartphone or laptop. This actually improves behavior.
ClassDojo also gives you behavior-tracking analytics and reports that can be shared with parents and administrators, all with just one click. No data entry needed, ever.
So, you may be saying let’s go but what do I need??
ClassDojo can run on an interactive whiteboard, a computer connected to a projector, or even just a smartphone, tablet, iPad, or iPod touch! The only thing you really need is some kind of computer device in the classroom (just one, for the teacher, is enough) and an internet connection. They also have a great support page where all your questions can be answered. They also have handouts for students and parents already made for you!
For a quick tutorial, check out the video below: