Sunday, August 24, 2014

Classroom Management: There's an app for that! ClassDojo Review

One of the biggest challenges for beginning teachers is developing an effective system of classroom management!  You may have the greatest lesson plans and the cutest classroom in the entire world but if you can't effectively manage behavior all those things are of little value.

I have always tried to use behavior management systems that place the emphasis on positive, desired behaviors.  Now in our digital tech world there is a web-based tool that fits well within that framework, it is called ClassDojo.

ClassDojo is a web based system so all you need is one computer, laptop, tablet or phone with an internet connection and you are in business.  The Dojo system allows teachers to provide timely, positive feedback to students.  It also collects behavior data that can be reported to parents and administrators.  It can also be displayed on your interactive white board so students can self monitor.

Another feature that I love is that it can be utilized school-wide so that teachers in specials like music and art can award dojo points in class as well.

And best of all it is FREE!  So check out ClassDojo !



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