I was recently told about a website called Class Dojo that allows you track the behaviour of you class. This morning I decided to give it a go. It is really easy to get started with and is free to sign up. Once I had signed up I was then able to create the different classes that I teach. Again this was a quick and simple process. Once I had added the names of the children in each class the website allocates them an avatar in the form of a little monster. I have actually asked whether there is the option of turn the avatars off as I have already found them to be a bit of a distraction – children comparing monsters and complaining about not being able to choose. On Twitter @classdojo suggested that I upload a blank .jpg to use as their avatar instead and did go on to say that they would raise the ‘no avatar’ option at their next development meeting.
Anyway, once the class is set up it is ready to use and you track positive and negative behaviour simply by clicking on a child’s name in the list, selecting positive or negative and then choosing a category. For example, the default positive categories include Creativity, Hard Work, Helping Others and Presentation. The default negatives include Late, Interrupting, No Homework and Disrespect. You are also able to customise the categories so that you can focus on things specific to your class and each lesson.
The website then keeps track of the children’s points ( +1 for positive and -1 for negative). At the end of the lesson it then displays the results in a chart which is then saved and can be downloaded as a .pdf to allow you to keep track of how a class performs each week.
One of the huge plus points about the site is the fact that it has a mobile version and therefore I can login to the site on my phone, select a class and then record points as I go round the room. This means that if I am working with a child on one side of the room and get disturbed by a child on the other side I can record this immediately. Similarly if I notice that a child on the other side of the room is quietly getting on with their work I can award them a point.
I have only used the site today with children in years 5, 6, 7 and 8 but there has been a noticeable difference in some children’s behaviour and as I stress to the children when introducing the site I use it to record positives more often than negatives. I am currently sat in a Y6 Silent Reading session and so every 5 minutes or so I am awarding points if they are still reading. The couple of children who are daydreaming out of the window are not gaining many points.
So in conclusion a site well worth investigating.