I've been teaching 20 years. Sometimes I feel like I've been there and done that. When I find something new and it works, I get really excited.
Last spring, I was introduced to Class Dojo. I had two of "those" classes, the kind that make you want to retire or quit teaching. I was game to try anything. I had already used ALL of my tricks by February. If I didn't find something new, I was never going to make it to May.
I signed up for an account, set up my classes, and introduced it to my students. To get them to buy into the program, I let them choose their avatar. Since, I teach two classes. I made one class choose monsters and the other are critters. *Note: My principal requested that we not use students names, so when I set up classes I use their # and initials. For example, #2 - KB or #19 - TS
It worked great. Behavior improved immediately. All we had to do was hold up our phones and say Dojo. Some days I left it up on the projector, so they could see who was getting or losing points. Most of the time, I just left the sound on, but turned off the screen. Every time they heard the positive ding, they turned to see if I was looking at them. When the heard the negative tone, they stopped doing whatever they were doing and sat up straight.
This year, we decided to do away with our behavior spreadsheet clipboards and just use Class Dojo. Every Friday, we pull up the reports and use those to report behavior to parents on a separate conduct card that they sign and return. I don't use it often enough, but there is a comment section. I try to record specific behavior for documentation.
Have you tried Class Dojo? How do you use it?
Head over to Holly's Fourth Grade Flipper and tell her what you've tried!