I wanted to share something I started using in the classroom this week. It’s a website called classdojo.com. It gives each student an avatar (or you can upload their pictures) and lets you give and take away points for positive or negative behaviors.
Here’s a screen shot of the Demo class (and no, I did not play favorites when I awarded points. Ok, maybe just a little…).
The positive and negative behaviors are completely customizable. Here’s what some of the standard positive and negative behaviors are:
And here are some things I might add for my class:
It also gives you an overall performance breakdown. This one is from the Demo class:
What makes this site so awesome is I can award points with my phone. So if we’re on the play ground and little Angelina Jolie decides she wants to go down the slide backwards, stop half way, stand up, and yell at the people patiently waiting in line behind her, I can take away a point right then and there (not that any situation even remotely like this occurs on a daily basis…).
The kids have really gotten in to this. On Tuesday we took a class vote for what reward the kids with a certain number of points would get at the end of the week. I think they really like having a concrete list of behaviors that are positive and negative. So much of the behaviors that are “acceptable” in our culture and society are behaviors we learn through observation. But these kids don’t have the skills needed to pick up on the social queues that can make or break someone’s social life. Hopefully this will help them out a little bit.