Heather introduced me to the free web 2.0 class management program Classdojo. She was very excited about the positive effect it had on the behavior of one of her challenging 8th grade classes. I was very excited to here about the success of Classdojo to affect a positive change in student behavior. I had 35 chatty 6th grade chorus students who had not responded to the PBIS strategies adopted by Lake Elkhorn Middle School to reinforce positive student behavior.
ClassDojo provides a timely way to let students know how they are doing in class. Some of my 6th grade students would ask me several times during class, "How am I doing today, Mrs. Bullough?". One student asked me every day as he left the room, "What is my participation grade for today." Classdojo is a continuous visual reminder to students of their progress as they are awarded points for their participation during class. It definitely had a positive effect on 6th graders behavior. I will use it again this year and explore using my smartphone and iPad in addition to my computer with this program.