Teachers at Donnelsville have been using ClassDojo for a couple of years now. ClassDojo is a communication app for the classroom. It connects teachers, parents, and students who use it to share photos, videos, and messages through the school day. They use ClassDojo to work together as a team, share in the classroom experience, and bring big ideas to life in their classrooms and homes. ClassDojo fits right in with the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in Tecumseh Local Schools.
There are several things that teachers really rely on ClassDojo for in their classrooms. The first is classroom / student behavior. The program allows teachers to add or deduct points for a student based on criteria that the teachers choose at the beginning of the year. For example, a teacher may award points for students following directions, hard work, being helpful or responsible, persistence, teamwork or many other agreed upon things. Teachers have different systems in place for rewarding students once they reach an agreed upon point total for the month, week, or quarter. Students may get to eat lunch with their teacher, principal, or a friend. Some teachers have prize boxes the students get to access.
Another major purpose of ClassDojo is parent communication. When parents sign up, they have access to how their child is doing behaviorally in class every day. Parents can contact the teachers with questions or concerns at any time. Teachers have explained that this is a great tool and one they especially like about ClassDojo.
A final area that we as a building use ClassDojo for is our monthly PBIS rewards. Students have to meet a required percentage of positive behavior to attend the PBIS reward for that month. Our PBIS rewards have included ice cream sundaes, dance parties, and beach day to name a few. Our building tracks the number of attendees each month with our goal being to increase the number of attendees to our PBIS reward activities.
ClassDojo has been a great tool for Donnelsville teachers and students. It helps with making Donnelsville a safe, caring place to learn. Check it out online for more information and if you are a Donnelsville parent who has not yet joined your child’s classroom, please do so.
By Jay Burkholder
Donnelsville Elementary Principal