Sunday, October 7, 2012

How I use the new @ClassDojo App as a class job





Letting Children Monitor Their Own Behavior

I have written about Class Dojo on several occasions: Your Simple Classroom Solution for Active Engagement Class Dojo wins at NBC's Education Nation, and Easily Send Behavior/Academic Report Cards to Parents - Weekly - with Just One Click.  However, my purpose for this post is to share their new app and how I'm using the free service in my classroom.


Instead of setting up Class Dojo in the traditional manner to monitor individual student behaviors, I set it up to monitor classroom expectations.  Because I do not like to award points or give rewards in my room, I adopted a method my friend, Suzie Brooks, shared.  I set up classes - not students.

Because we discuss what our expectations should look like during certain parts of our day, we simply transferred those anchor charts to the web via Class Dojo. For the complete explanation of how I set up my classroom, select play on the video below this paragraph.  



Now that there is an app, I have Class Dojo as a class job.  I actually use to have a job chart that rotated students and jobs.  However, I found that this alone was a management piece.  Anything that takes away from my planning for creative lessons gets added to the top of my list for restructuring.  In other words, if something doesn't add value to my class in an academic or cultural sense, I change it.  Our time is precious, and I need my focus to be on my student's best interests.

Since rotating class jobs was taking too much time (about 5 - 10 minutes a week), I changed it.  Having an additional 5 - 10 minutes a week is a big deal when your time is already so limited.  Additionally, some students would become sad if they were Secretary and the phone didn't ring all week.   Now, I have one job person a day.  I go straight down my list.  We start with person number one... then the next day person two is the job person... and so on - it's similar to 'Helper of the Day' in younger grades.  I just call the job 'Teacher Assistant.'  This person gets the snack, takes attendance, is line leader, and now will track expectations via Class Dojo.




7 comments:

  1. Hi Erin, I've been using Class Dojo for the last year with my kinders and they love it. I love how you use it…I will definitely be making some adjustments. Thanks for the ideas.

    Krissy
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  2. Krissy,

    Thanks for your comments! I bet the kinders do love this site. The avatars are so cute!

    Have a great year,

    Erin

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  3. I really enjoyed your blog… You always have great information & inspire me as an educator

    Online Diploma

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  4. Hey! I just downloaded class dojo, just wondering how you added more classes.

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  5. Hi Courtney,

    Are you using the app or the website?

    Thanks,

    Erin

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  6. I like the way you were using class dojo here. I think I will take some of your ideas and modify them a tad so they work for my current class! Thanks!

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  7. Thanks so much! Glad you found them useful. :)

    Erin

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