Managing behaviour with ClassDojo
Have you ever tried ClassDojo as a behaviour management tool? It is fun, easy to use and it offers quick lines of communication with parents, so what more could you ask from it? My boys’ teachers use ClassDojo for behaviour management and I get a weekly report showing when they have been good and when they haven’t been so good. Obviously, it is never their fault and the teacher must have thought it was them, but someone else was talking, not them… as if!
Tracking learners’ skills
So, ClassDojo offers a lot in terms of behaviour management, but since everyone in Wales is pretty much panicking and rushing to find a way to track the skills of the Literacy and Numeracy Framework, I thought I would try to use ClassDojo as an alternative to complicated spreadsheets and other forms of monitoring that, in some cases, seem to me a bit over engineered.
Less is more!
My idea is simple and it uses the functionality already built in ClassDojo, like the ability to customise the behaviours. So, change existing behaviours into the statements of the LNF for a particular year group and you have a tool that lets you assess and track progress on the LNF skills. What’s even better is that the tool is FREE and it can be used on any device, so you can record pupils’ progress anywhere and as immediately as you like. The iOS app works really well and kids just love hearing the rewarding sound of a merit being given to them.
You could even go a step further and use the negative behaviours, which are shown in red in ClassDojo, as the LNF statements from the year below, signifying that a child might still not be working at the expected level for their year group, simple! And why not use a special behaviour icon (perhaps the star) to add the LNF statements from the year above for learners who are working at a higher level than expected at their age?
A very visual tracking system
I have added a few screenshots to give you an idea of how this system could work.
The numbers on each pupil show how many positive rewards they were awarded. By clicking on a pupil I can add a reward or a negative behaviour record, in our case LNF skills.
Speech bubbles represent skills from the Oracy strand, the book from the Reading strand and the tick from the Writing strand (there was nothing with a pen I could use).
But ClassDojo gives you very visual and accurate reports on the whole class, or even individual pupils too. It is also possible to look at a child’s progress and focus on a specific range of dates, e.g. last week, last month…
As you would expect, Master Yoda is not yet working at the expected level in some elements of the Oracy strand. In fact, after nine hundreds years he still says stuff like “Powerful you have become, the dark side I sense in you.” I am sure that System Leaders, or Challenge Advisors as they are now called, would have serious challenges to present to the council of Jedi for having a head who’s grammar is so poor. Hasn’t any intervention been arranged for Yoda? 🙂
ClassDojo used in this way might not give you a nice spreadsheet, but it does allow to personalise and visualise each child’s progress immediately and, with powerful tools to keep parents informed on their children’s progress, I think this is a really useful way to track the skills of the Literacy and Numeracy Framework in Wales, or any other skills in any other system.
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