Behavior Management Tips and Tricks with Class Dojo


I am incredibly excited to be linking up for a "Back to School" Weekly Linky hosted by Mrs. D's Corner and Mrs. V's Busy Bees!  Each week they will be choosing a new topic to help teachers get ready to go back to school!  It is a ten week linky so get ready for some great topics!  

Today, it is all about Behavior Management

My favorite behavior management system that I have used in my classroom thus far is Class Dojo.  If you are NEW to ClassDojo please click HERE first to see how to learn the ins and outs of this management system.  

If you have heard about it and are thinking about taking the plunge, let me tell you why I believe this system has been incredibly successful in my classroom.


Students are highly motivated by both their avatars as well as by the points they receive.  Student get to hear a positive "ding" each time a point is given.  In my classroom, we set goals to help students stay motivated.  Kids love seeing their point bubbles raise!  







Teachers are easily able to track student data.  This is especially helpful at parent teacher conferences.   This past year when talking about behaviors of students (good or bad) I was able to pull up Class Dojo at the conference to show parents exactly when their child was struggling throughout the school day.  We were also able to notice trends and look at the data as a team to come up with a plan.  Class Dojo tracks all the data for you which is extremely helpful!  With Class Dojo, I  never have to spend my time creating a data graph for children instead I simply log-in, click on the child's name and it's all there for me!







The parent involvement with Class Dojo is phenomenal.  Parent involvement is something that, as a school, we struggle with. However, I was able to get to 26 out of my 28 parents connected...pretty impressive if you ask me!  In the past, I used to send home notes with students who ended their day on "yellow" or "red" sometimes I would wonder if the parent saw the note because it didn't come back signed like I had asked for it to be.  With Class Dojo I can see exactly when the parent last logged in and I can even leave them a note or message them directly through Class Dojo!  Getting parents involved is quick and easy plus there no more wondering if parents saw the strengths and struggles of their child's day!

26 out of my 28 Parents Signed up for Class Dojo and received weekly emails directly to their mobile device every Friday! They also logged in throughout the week to check in on student behavior. 

This child had 2 parents connected to Class Dojo.  One of the parents last logged in on July 7th even though our last day was June 4th!  Glad to know they are still checking! :)
Much like many other elementary schools our children go to specials each day of the week.  At our school, students go to gym, music, science, art, library, etc.  That is a lot of classrooms and a lot of different teachers!  I was able to share my Class Dojo information with other teachers so that the they too could use Class Dojo on their mobile devices. This created consistency amongst the teachers and also let me know if a child was misbehaving while not in my classroom.  Trust me...your students will be super surprised when they find out you knew that they were running with scissors in art.... and will be so mortified that you found out BEFORE even talking to the teacher that they won't try that again!  I also leave my information for substitute teachers.  When I am out of the building I can still get updates on how my children are doing throughout the school day by logging into Class Dojo! Warning: this can be a great thing but can also add stress to your day off! :) 

Class Dojo makes it incredibly easy for each teacher to customize their Class Dojo experience.  Every classroom is different and Class Dojo understands. With a few simple clicks you can customize Class Dojo to meet your student and classroom needs.  

You can decide if how you want your Class Dojo screen to appear for kids.
You can choose the "positive" and "needs work" behaviors for your classroom.  
Are you convinced?  It is definitely worth the try...trust me!  To help you get started grab the freebie below!  



I have created a bunch of different Class Dojo helpers and tools (as both pdfs and editable products) to make implementing this behavior management system into your classroom a breeze!  Click HERE  to take a closer look!




There is still time to enter our giveaway!  Click here or on the button below to see the fabulous prizes and how you can enter to win.



A big thank you again to Mrs. D's Corner and Mrs. V's Busy Bees for hosting this fabulous linky!  I can't wait to go and ready other teacher's tips and tricks for behavior management!  



Happy Wednesday!
Amanda




11 comments

  1. Hey ladies! Thanks for linking up to our weekly linky!! I have seen many posts about ClassDojo but never really took the plunge. I'd heard that it took up too much time and that wasn't something I was willing to give up this year being my first year, but I honestly did hear more GOOD than bad about it so I should have just jumped for it!

    When I'm in the classroom next, I'll be trying ClassDojo to see how it works with my class at the time. I really like that it's a positive reinforcement tool along with a tool to help students see what they're doing wrong and what they're doing right. And LOVE that you can get parents involved. That is sometimes one of the biggest feats of teachers - not having the parent support.

    Thank you for sharing your behavior management technique that worked best for you - and love the freebie that leads into the bigger pack!!

    See you next week for assessment strategies!!

    Sara
    Miss V's Busy Bees
    ventrellasara@gmail.com

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  2. Hi! I also blogged about Class Dojo for the link up! I love the resources you have created! They are amazing and Im certain my new group in September will love them! I enjoyed reading your post :)

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  3. I have never used Class Dojo, but I've heard of it... and now I want to give it a shot! I think my favorite part of it is the parent involvement! 26 of 28 parents is so impressive! Having experience in very urban schools, parent involvement has always been a struggle with the schools. I introduced them to the WhyTry Program, but they just looked the other way.

    My second favorite part is how you shared the information among other teachers... I literally LOLed about the running with scissors because I can only imagine that happening!

    I'm not sure how Class Dojo would work with my Life Skills kiddos, but I am definitely going to look into more closely after reading your post! Thanks for all the great information and for linking up with us :) See you at next week's link up!

    Stephanie @ Mrs. D's Corner

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  4. I played with Class Dojo a little bit but never really used it consistently! You have some great ideas and resources here, I'm thinking about giving it another try!

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  5. I am SO glad I found your post on the Back 2 School Linky! I started using Class Dojo in the middle of the year, and fell in LOVE with it. You pointed out a lot of things that I didn't even think about such as the consistency among teachers and data tracking. I am going to check out your Class Dojo helper materials because that's the one thing I felt like I was missing! Thanks for sharing!!

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  6. Okay... I think you convinced me. I was thinking about switching to Class Dojo but am not completely sure what I plan on doing next year. Thanks for the detailed information and resources.

    Kristin
    My Carolina Classroom

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