How I Use It
I used Class DoJo in my Life Skills and Autistic Support Classroom for Middle and High School level students. I used this all time time throughout the day and projected it on my smartBoard in my classroom for an added visual of students behaviors class to class. I had several students with behavior plans built into their IEP's and this was a great way to monitor behavior and keep a handle on the class itself.
I think that having the visual of students behavior and how they are doing is important for students in my classroom. This showed others how they acted too. It became a best behavior competition after a few weeks. I rewarded good behavior and class participation with this tool as well. Students were able to work with me to build their own personal monster avatar and we were able to have fun with it.
What’s unique about this tool, is that at the day's end, parents can have a copy of the students progress is they have an email account. I love this, because you can show parents how they did during the day and what type of day they had. There isn't a folder that goes home with a report that can get lost. This goes directly to the parent. I also liked that I can walk around and teach with an iPad or my smartphone and control the app. I think this is helpful because of the portability factor. If you need to observe a student at lunch, you don't need a laptop. Take your phone! So easy. It does take some time to set up courses and student rosters, but its worth it!
My overall opinion is that ClassDoJo is an absolute must have in a classroom with self contained special needs students and or young students in an elementary setting. I really like the parent report feature. You can also print reports for conferences with parents and briefly look at the day long summary for students at a glance if phone calls need to be made, which I LOVE! I think it serves my teaching better by keeping accurate behavior logs and records that are able to be reported to parents at a click of a mouse. I think that students enjoy it as well, as they get a full blown visual of how they are doing if projected or shown at several times during the day. Teachers can create activities that spin off of the behavior charts and create goals and other fun things to do. I really love this tool!