ClassDojo is free and so easy to use. Each student gets a cute little avatar (the site randomly assigns them, or they can choose). For a small extra charge, you can even upload their student's pictures to use. Their avatar then earns or loses points for classroom behaviors. You can post ClassDojo on a Smartboard, classroom computer, or even use your smartphone as a remote to enter points. Best of all, it generates a quick report at the end of the day, and will even email parents their child's behavior report with the click of a button. Great for RTI and keeping behavior data easily. It...is...genius.
I love it because my students get instant feedback, and I especially love the positive reinforcement of "catching 'em doing good." I also like that you can tailor the behaviors you are tracking with simple editing. I use these positive ("green") behaviors:
- exemplary work
- on task
- positive role model
- materials ready
- helping others
- smooth transition (i.e. between activities)
I use these negative ("red") behaviors:
- time to follow directions
- out of area
- missing work
I have to say that since using ClassDojo, I hardly have to use these at all. Kids really want to do their best and earn those points!
Late last year, I even added in having the students to trade in their points (i.e. 50) for class privilege coupons (silent read anywhere, bring a stuffed animal to school, etc.). These incentives are easy and free, and ClassDojo tracks the points for me. What's not to love? I'm a fan.
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