How I Use It
I use this program as part of my behavior management system. The students receive points for specific behaviors (On-task, working hard, persistence, etc.) and receive negative points for negative behaviors such as being off-task, bullying, or blurting out. You can create your own targeted behaviors as needed. Reports are calculated each time you update the student's points and these can be shared with the students and parents if they accept your invitation to an account. It is working great! The kiddos love seeing their monsters gain points, and the parents love being updated on a daily basis on behaviors their student is displaying in the classroom. Incentives can be created in addition to this. What does not work so far is displaying the class points to my students- I want to keep their points private and personal at this point.
My overall opinion of class dojo is that it is a consistent and very structured behavior management system to use in the classroom that is user friendly and can be used to a small or large extent depending on your time, purpose, and interest. One critical observation is the use the negative points especially in lower grades- this might want to be kept private and not awarded in front of peers. You can take students aside to show them their final points at the end of the day/week. It's always important to focus on the positives first. By recognizing the positives we take away the space for negative behaviors to occur.
This tool allows you to be consistent in your behavior management system as a teacher and allows the students to see their progress directly each day.