Ok, so school starts for us on Monday! I am tweaking my classroom management system this year and something that I thought looked fun when I saw it was Class Dojo. If you want to visit the website to see for yourself, click here: www.classdojo.com
What it is-
Class Dojo is a FREE website that you can sign up for as a teacher. It is geared towards classroom management. You sign each of your students up and assign them an avatar. When students do something good, they get an award, which equates to 1 point. You can give awards for whatever you want, but the categories they have defaulted were cooperation, participation, etc. You can also take away points for misbehaviors and the site tracks each students' net point value.
But that's not the best part about it. You can add it to your smart phone or iPad so that you can add points wirelessly. Super cool! You can display the website on your projector and then update the points on the projector, computer or any handheld device (like a smart phone).
How I'm going to use it it in my classroom-
I just think this is the coolest thing. I can be sitting at my guided reading table doing a lesson with a small group while giving points to students and if I have my smart board displaying the website, students will see that they're getting or losing points. It also has sound notifications that it plays when a student receives a point, but I don't know if I'll keep that enabled or not.
I am going to give each student a generic avatar at the beginning and tell them when they achieve 30 points, they will get to pick their avatar. I also want to print out their chosen avatar and put it on their nametag as an additional reward.
This system will play into my ticket system. At the end of the month, I will distribute 1 ticket for each point each student has retained throughout the month. I will set up 2 or 3 raffles that they can put their tickets in. They'll be able to win books, fun school supplies, etc. And I will pull one ticket out of each raffle. If you want to do this in your own classroom, a roll of tickets at Target is only $6.84.
Have any other teachers used this system in their classroom?