Hey ya'll! I'm Deniece from This Little Piggy Reads.
If you're reading this I am assuming that you're at least familiar with a computer and that you're looking for new and/or innovative ideas to use in your classroom. Today I want to give you my opinion on using Class Dojo in the classroom. This is purely my opinion and I did not receive compensation for this review.
Last year my teaching career veered off into a direction I didn't foresee. I was given the opportunity to follow my dream and teach Gifted & Talented students. My students are bussed to my classroom for enrichment. As you can imagine there are a few kiddos whose behavior is less than perfect because they are not on their home campus.
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Last year I tried to send home a daily behavior folder, but 9 times out of 10 they would forget it. It's not entirely their fault, I'm simply not a pencil/paper kind of person. So this summer, I began looking for a way to increase parent-teacher communication and a way to hold my students responsible for their behavior when they are away from their home campus.
For about two years I've heard a lot of my teacher & bloggie friends mention Class Dojo. I mean, who hasn't seen that cute little green karate monster? With more research I found out it will help me manage behavior and increase parent communication! Win-Win!
Dojo has added a few things to make your job easier!
*You can invite parents via e-mail or they can download an app/go online and enter a parent code.
*You can share students with other teachers. This is great for pull-out programs, specials teachers and departmentalized teachers.
*You can mass message all of your parents a "blast" reminder.
EX: Remember, Thursday is School Picture Day. Wear your Sunday's Best.
*You can also private message parents with concerns or notes. If you have to keep a parent communication log, this would be easy to print out & staple into your log.
*There are plenty of videos to help you introduce Dojo to students, parents and fellow teachers.
From a Parent's Perspective
My daughter is a Kindergartener this year and her teacher uses Class Dojo. This was my first real experience with Dojo. When I picked her up on the 3rd day of school she said, "Mom can we change my monster?" I immediately said, "Does your teacher use Class Dojo?" At first it seemed a little strange that a Kindergarten teacher would use it. But....it is FABULOUS!
My daughter loves getting points. She also loves changing her monster once a week. My husband and I can easily track our daughter's behavior and learning habits. Her teacher sends out weekly blasts and keeps parents up to date!
My students begin their enrichment program on Monday. I am excited to implement Class Dojo and hope my students enjoy it too!
Do you use Dojo? Are you thinking about giving it a try?