Increase Classroom Participation Dojo Style!
Type of technology: App or Website
SAMR Model Rating: Augmentation
Grade level: K-8
Subject area: All
Are you about at your limit for that one particular student who seems to not want to participate or be a productive, positive citizen in your class? Or do you find yourself not having any tangible evidence for what makes a “good” class citizen? Then ClassDojo just may be your answer. ClassDojo not only can motivate some of the more challenging students, it can increase participation from everybody. ClassDojo is a behavioral classroom management tool that allows the teacher, student and even parents to track the student’s progress throughout the year. Each student is equipped with a profile and their very own avatar that can be modified and made their own.
I was very hesitant to introduce it to my class as I thought it was very “elementary” but my students really took an interest right away. I started off by playing the student introduction clip. Next we discussed what types of behaviors earn points vs. losing points. We spent a week just focusing on the positives so the class was able to see the types of points that earn points.
I had a particular student that was having difficulty staying on task and participating in a constructive way in our class. I had after class meetings, parent contacts, positive reinforcement, etc. with little to no success. When I introduced ClassDojo I could instantly see he was engaged and wanted to know how he could earn more “Dojo Points.” From that day on he had his materials out and ready for class and has even stayed after to help put away books and other materials.
Another benefit to ClassDojo is I can now have evidence for students that reflect their citizenship grade. Before I would assign a grade to their citizenship because I thought they kinda-sorta-almost seemed like they were doing goodish in class… Now I can easily track those positive behaviors along with negative with evidence which can also serve as a talking point for parent contacts. Each week students can reflect on their behavior and set goals for the next.
*NOTE* I did not include screenshots of my class for confidentiality reasons, but the following link gives a great overview and how-to for getting started and frequently asked questions. For a more detailed class set up please refer to this tutorial.