Sunday, June 24, 2012

Awesome FREE Classroom Management Tool

I've got to share an awesome tool that I have used consistently for the past year: CLASS DOJO.  This is truly an excellent behavior management tool to use in your classroom.  All you have to do is go to www.classdojo.com and set up your class.  Then you can award points for positive behaviors right there on the computer screen or from an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad from all the way across the room.  Picture this: I have Class Dojo up on the computer screen.  I have it projected onto the ActivBoard.  I'm working with small groups.  Little Sally is staying on task, reading a "just right" book, and following expectations.  Without stopping my small group instruction, I simply touch her name (or avatar) on the iPad and give her a point for good behavior.  The class is alerted with an audible tone and Sally is all smiles!  Little Johnny quickly decides he wants a point too and begins reading his book rather than flicking pencils across the room at his neighbor.  Instruction is uninterrupted and all students are back on task.  Brilliant!  This is what it looks like on the screen:


Now, you can award negative points that will make a different sound and subtract points away from a student, but we are a PBIS school and choose to reward positive behaviors instead.  But it's there should you choose to use it.  I will add that, at times, you might not want the audible tone, so you can turn that feature off or just turn the volume down.

At the end of the day or week, I reward the students with the most points or the students who met their behavioral goal (great for point charts or behavioral IEPs).  It truly works!  You can also print behavior reports daily or weekly to send home to parents.  Instant documentation!

I have had this on my blog list to blog about forever ago and never got around to it, but the email I received this morning told me, "Jamie, you've got to share this!"  Class Dojo just got even better!  You can now use Class Dojo to keep track of and take attendance.  The students (or you) can take attendance using this website and print the attendance reports with the behavior reports.  Awesome!  

This is the video included in the email detailing the attendance feature:




If you have any questions about how Class Dojo works, feel free to leave a comment below OR if you have used Dojo and think it ROCKS like I do, leave a comment telling me how you've used it in your classroom.

FYI: I have no connection to Class Dojo and they are not paying me to blog about this program.  I just love it and wanted to share it with all of my teacher friends :)  Have a great week everybody!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

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13 comments:

  1. I just found your blog, and I'm your newest follower. I used Class Dojo for the first time this last year. The kiddos loved it, and it was an awesome tool! I have taught third grade for 14 years, and will be moving to second grade next year. I'm really excited!

    Waving from The Teacher's Chatterbox,
    Rebecca

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  2. HI!! I am so glad you posted about this. I remember checking it out at a conference last year and coming back and setting it up, but I didn't really use it. I love that it keeps the positives and negatives. I can't wait to try it this year. Thanks so much for reminding me about it.

    April
    Wolfelicious

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  3. Oh my goodness! I LOVE the Dojo! I found it last year and got just about the entire school hooked on it. Funny thing I even had a couple of students make one at home for their brothers and sisters....Ha Ha!

    I have an interesting post about it on my blog. Here's the link to the post--The Dojo actually saved my phone.... http://2ndgradeponderings.blogspot.com/search/label/Classroom%20Dojo

    Denise
    2nd Grade Ponderings

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  4. I LOVE Class Dojo! I can't wait to try it out with my class next year! And your Bright Colors Decor pack is adorable! :)

    Jessica
    Mrs. Heeren's Happenings

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  5. What a nice attendance chart. Thanks SO much for that class tool!

    I have given you the Lovely Blog Award. Hop on over to my blog to check it out.

    Thanks,
    Jessica
    secondgradenest.blogspot.com

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  6. We used class dojo some last year and the kiddos loved it! We did it mostly as a fun classroom behavior management tool! The kiddos loved when their little monsters earned a point for good behavior!
    We are now following you and would love it if you stop by sometime!
    Katie & Lisen
    wearesecondgradesmartypants.blogspot.com

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  7. I am definitely going to check out the the ClassDojo!

    I am a newbie, but I'd love if you'd visit my site: http://mrsregansadventuresinfirstgrade.blogspot.com/

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  8. I keep hearing about this...I guess it is time for me to finally check it out!

    Thank you for sharing! =)


    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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  9. Hi Jamie - Kalen from ClassDojo here. Thank you so much for this great blog post - just passed it around the office and we all loved it. Might even be cool to feature you on our ClassDojo blog - http://blog.classdojo.com Let me know if you're interested! - kalen@classdojo.com

    Thank you to everyone in the comments for all the support, we really appreciate it :)

    If anyone has any questions or needs help getting set up, please don't hesitate to reach out at hello@classdojo.com

    Cheers!

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  10. Hi Kalen! Wow, I can't believe someone from Class Dojo stumbled upon my blog post! I just LOVE the tool and have used it in my classroom, so I know it works! I'll be sending you an email right away. Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

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  11. Thanks for sharing! I stumbled upon Class Dojo this summer and blogged about it here. Even though you posted this earlier this summer, I hope you'll consider linking up and sharing your post some more!
    Bee

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  12. I am so glad that I clicked on the tag of "behavior management"! I think that I am in love with this web app! It looks so fun and useful. Have you tried using it with parents? Such as, "Maybe Little Johnny is getting poor grades because he is last in the class for good behavior. Maybe you guys can work with him on appropriate behavior at home and I can reinforce it in class?" I think this has the potential for great parent-teacher usage. I am currently a college student, and I am trying to gather useful tools for once I begin teaching.

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