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Helping students be invested in ClassDojo

Here are three ideas from different teachers on how to keep students engaged on ClassDojo throughout the school year:

From Ari W., a 4th grade teacher:

I think that first of all, it is important that as the teacher, you are invested in ClassDojo. When you are invested and consistent, students will begin to think of ClassDojo as an essential part of their classroom culture. Additionally, parents need to be on board and understand how to use ClassDojo as a tool to see student progress at school. I invested parents in multiple ways: by sending home letters about ClassDojo, holding a special information session after back to school night, and showing parents how to use ClassDojo on their computers and phones during conferences. I noticed that as parent engagement increased, so did student excitement. To engage my students, I asked them to be part of the process of picking the Feedback Types for ClassDojo. Since my students created the Feedback Types, they were excited about using the tool. Additionally, I made sure to use ClassDojo consistently (but often) in the first few weeks to build excitement. I waited to hand out student codes until I felt that my students understood the importance and reason behind using ClassDojo, and were ready to engage with the tool in another way.

 

From Emma L, a 3rd grade teacher:

Once you've explained the basic principles of ClassDojo and how it works, you can create a game out of it.

One idea: project the class’s dashboard on your projector or whiteboard while the students are working in small groups (I would only have the positive Feedback Types showing). Then, depending on what you’re comfortable with, you can A) quietly keep score as you notice students exhibiting positive Feedback Type, or B) ask students to raise their hands and nominate a classmate to receive points when they see someone exhibiting a positive Feedback Type. In other words, Sarah might raise her hand when she notices that Andy was listening carefully, and Andy would get a point.

This involves putting a bit of trust in your students, but it not only gets them involved in the ClassDojo system you’re setting up for the rest of the school year, but it promotes a little fun competition, reminds students of the Feedback Typeal expectations for small group time, and gets them in the habit of providing positive feedback to each other.

At the end of the activity, you can announce a winner, a set of winners, or you can make the entire class the “winner.” End the day with a reward of some kind, whether it’s a 2-minute dance party, a funny YouTube video, 5 extra minutes of recess…whatever seems appropriate to you.

 

From Nicole A., a 2nd grade teacher:

I've used this tool the last two years, and I'll agree that the key is consistency. In my classroom, this all starts with assigning my students with their avatars and having my class ready BEFORE school starts. Our "Meet Your Teacher" night happens a couple of days before school starts. Every child entering my classroom with their parents is encouraged to "check in" with the attendance feature in ClassDojo. From the beginning, parents know how important their involvement in this is. I hand out their login information right when I meet them, and I encourage my families to go home and log into their account to establish a presence in ClassDojo. Students returning on the first day of school receive "responsibility points" if their parents have logged in. Students who change their avatars before the first day of school also receive "creativity points." Every day, we use Class Dojo to have students monitor their own attendance on the Smartboard as they enter the room. From the moment we enter until the moment we leave, ClassDojo has a presence in our classroom. It's an important tool!

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