Although the app foregoes the belt rankings you might find in more traditional dojo applications, it does allow you to easily award both merits and demerits based on classroom conduct to your class roster right from your iDevice or Android. Consequently, Class Dojo helps teachers improve behavior in their classrooms quickly and easily by generating behavior data that can then be shared with parents and administrators on the fly and younger kids will get a kick out of picking their own monster avatars. So why is this valuable?
For Teachers: It’s said that more than 50 percent of class time is spent managing behavior rather than delivering instruction. And given how precious time becomes in a single class period, this statistic is huge. Whether that extra stint is spent on further instruction, one-on-one troubleshooting or group work, any additional time is worth its weight in gold.
For Students: In addition to providing instant feedback to parents and administrators, students also get notifications (whether good or bad) and can help either encourage positive behavior or curb the negative – especially when they know their parents are finding out right away.
“Specific positive reinforcement helps students develop a sense of purpose in the classroom, enhancing intrinsic motivation over time. By giving students visibility and data on their own behavior, Class Dojo makes class less disruptive and creates a more positive learning environment.” [Via ClassDojo]
For Parents: Class Dojo makes it easy to keep regular tabs on their child’s development rather than anxiously awaiting a report card at the end of the term or the dreaded phone call for an impromptu parent-teacher conference. In this way, corrective action (or a helping of praise) can be dealt out quickly.
All in all, it’s a great tool to have in your classroom toolkit and may in fact help level the playing field for your substitutes since the students will be held accountable for the same merits while you’re away.