Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Do you DoJo?

Hey ya'll! Raise your hands if you use Class DoJo for classroom management? If you didn't, let me tell you, you are missing out! I discovered this amazing tool last year and decided to implement it into my management system this year. Before I used the clip chart and I was terrible at keeping up with it. I wanted something simple yet effective. DoJo was the answer! 



Class DoJo is a FREE webiste that provides immediate feedback on positive and negative behaviors. It is also a FREE app that you can download to your smart phone or tablet. Here is how it works...

Simply go to www.classdojo.com and create a teacher account. 


Once your account is created, your home screen will look like this. 


Then you add your students into your "class." If you have more than one class, you can create more than one and they will show up like like shown above. Once your students are in the system, they are assigned an avatar. These are a BIG DEAL folks! I'll get to that in second.


This is obviously the sample class but gives you the idea of what it looks like. You can reward students for various positive behaviors that you can customize. Some things I look for are working hard, following directions, using kind words, helping others, etc. You can also punish students by taking a way points. You can also customize these punishments to fit your needs. For example, I use no homework, not following directions, out of seat, said a bad word, etc. When a point is rewarded it appears in the green circle by their name. 




I love the DoJo app. I keep my phone with me all day and can easily add or take away points. Its perfect for hallway behavior or going to the library or computer lab. 

My absolute favorite feature of this site is that parents can get connected and monitor their child's behavior all day. They sign up with their e-mail and every Friday it automatically sends them a weekly report of their child's behavior. Here is what it looks like. This is actually my class report so the percent you see is the average for the week so far. When the parent report is sent, it looks just like this expect it shows only their child's average. You can type comments about their behavior as well. 


You can send reports every day but you have to send them. It does not send them automatically. I only send them daily if they loose a point. I do have a few parents who are not linked by e-mail. I simply print their child's weekly report on Friday and send it home in their folder. Want to know the best part...there is no papers to keep up with! No folders to sign! It seriously saves me so much time. I've asked several of my parents what they think about it and they love it too for that reason. They don't have to worry about signing their child's folder every day or each week. I've gotten lots of compliments on it. 

Now you might be wondering how I go about rewarding students for their behavior. I simply offer a different "prize" for a certain amount points. My rewards are simple and they cost me little to nothing. The biggest reward for them, that they love the most is getting to change their avatar. Seriously ya'll, you have no idea what this means to my kids! I created a student account for each of them. On the sheet posted below it says they can change their avatar when they earn 10 points. I also let them change it for every 10 points they earn. Here are some of the DoJo characters! 

  

They can change the body style, color, mouth, eyes, and even add hair! Trust me, big HIT!!!

Here is what my reward system looks like. You can click on the picture to download it or here.The file is  editable so you can edit it to fit your needs. A color and black and white version is offered. I will say that if you do not have the font KG LegoHouse installed on your computer it will appear differently and you will need to change it to a font that works with your computer. 


You can read about my classroom reward coupons here and get them on TPT here. You can learn how to make a scratch off lottery ticket here.

Do you use DoJo in your classroom? I'd love to hear how its working for you!






8 comments:

  1. One of my best decisions this year was to change my color/clothes pin behavior chart to Class Dojo after the first nine weeks. My very headstrong young first graders didn't response to moving their pins up or down on the color chart. So I started looking for new ideas. With in the first two weeks, I went from dealing with behavior problems 96% of my day to 20% of my day. I recommend to for any grade level.

    Love Class DoJo

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  2. I love your "no homework for the week." I allow my kiddos to redeem their points for coupons and they were just asking if we could have a coupon for 100 points, I might have to borrow this idea! Thank you! :o)

    Tara
    TeachingwithTWitte

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  3. Hi Marcy! I am a Dojo convert...I started using it last month with my Language Arts and Sciences students, and I absolutely love it! I can't wait to start using it at the beginning of next year with my homeroom students. Thanks so much for the great freebie!

    Susie
    Shafer's Shenanigans 

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  6. We use Class Dojo school-wide. I'm the music teacher and I can give every class dojo points when they come to me, which adds into their running totals. They can also earn points during bus duty and in the cafeteria. At the end of every nine weeks we have a big bash. We show di!fferent movies throughout the building, or we may have a craft/cookie decorating bash, etc. We set the amount of dojo points needed to get into the bash (usually around 75) and students work toward that goal. It's working like a charm

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  7. I LOVE this idea and started using Class Dojo this year. I plan on using it from the beginning of the school year next year. I just had a quick question, do you have students "cash in" the points. For example, if they earn 30 points and get a coupon, do you put them back at zero? or have them work towards the next reward?

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    1. Hi Lindsay,
      I have them work towards the next reward. I don't ever give more than 2-3 points per day. I hope this helps.
      Marcy

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