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Class Dojo: Getting Started Video This video is a great way to explain the ins and outs of ClassDojo if you have never come across it before. Basically, it’s an online tool for behaviour management which encourages positive behaviour such as good manners, trying hard, being kind, setting a good example and discouraging negative behaviours such as talking, pushing, being rude and not following instructions.
Fortunately, I have had the opportunity, whilst working as a TA in a Y4 class, to use ClassDojo and manage behaviour accordingly. It was an integral aspect of the class’s daily routine, with points awarded before home time that had been accumulated during the day. Children could keep an eye on how many they had and tried really hard to achieve the top three spots. The teacher I worked with had also set up her guided reading groups on ClassDojo and rewarded the groups for team effort and trying hard.
The noises made when points are awarded and deducted are soon either loved or hated by the children. They know the noise of an awarded point and deducted point and these noises can simply and quickly refocus and silence a class. It is quite amusing to watch but also very impressive that this simple app can have such a huge affect on the behaviour of all the children. For example, during a silent reading activity, after a practice SATS paper which some children were still completing in the small room next to classroom, some children were chatting and giggling loudly. I put Class Dojo on the interactive whiteboard and awarded one child, who was silent, a point for ‘setting a good example’. Instantaneously, all the children turned their head as they had heard the point awarded noise and wanted to find out who it was. The children who were chatting immediately stopped in the hope they would receive a point as well.
However, as it is a competitive reward system, it can be easy to forget the ‘invisible children’, over award a child who needs lots of praise and encouragement and subsequently over award children with SEND. Similarly, children sometimes begin to ask for points for just pushing their chair under and holding the door open; gestures which should be done without the need for a reward but instead a simple ‘thank you’.
I believe this is a great resource for KS1 and KS2 classes, particularly if they are quite boisterous. I would adopt this in my classroom if the school permits it as I have seen first hand the benefits of this system.