I remember when I took on numbering the students in alphabetical order so they could be quickly line up for awards. I also used this when they hand in work, with their number next to their name, so I could quickly check who was missing, "Guys who is number 7 you didn't hand your notes in. etc.."
Well I have just played around with Dojo a cool online behaviour management idea, and I love the interface and iPad app. I am sure this will make rewarding the students fun , especially with the 1-1 laptop program, and online learning for the students in second semester, as they can easy check their progress online.
With each student getting a customisable avatar and the teacher being able to customise the positive and negatives awards, it becomes very user friendly.
- Super quick to set up and get the class online
- App syncs and is so easy to use.
- Parents can log in and see students behaviour in class.
- Student can easily see their records and percentage of positive negative behaviour.
- Students were motivated and excited to check their progress.
- Avatars customisation by students was a hit.
- Good video for introduction to students
Negatives: (not really anything major)
- Attendance has to be set up in browser first, app does not seem to allow this.
- Of course, if your school internet is not online, no DOJO sync.
- Not a DojoClass issue but a teacher one trying to remember to add the positive and negatives consistently, not just give praise or warning without recording it.
- The best thing is not to make it a behaviour tool but a learning tool. For were you an engaged learner. On task, off task etc. "Bad and Good" behaviour should relate to how the student is as a learner and what they can do to improve their learning quality.
- Be consistent that way you get a picture of the students focused learning.
- If too difficult for a whole day use it to focus a particular lesson or learning period.
- Let the student have time to change their Avatar. Maybe for homework.
What Dojo does do well is allow for a quick recording of students behaviours or on task time, so that as a teacher you can gain a clear indication of each child and how they interact in the class. The ease of sharing with parents and students will help to keep the communication open between the students, parents and the teacher.