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A review of ClassDojo- Classroom Management App

ClassDojo is a popular classroom management app. I have been testing it in my classroom for the past weeks and I’d like to share my thoughts on it. We do know classroom management is critical to our success in the classroom so let’s see how this classroom app can help us achieve that.

Classdojo app

ClassDojo

Benefits/Uses of ClassDojo:

1. If you have a merit/demerit system in your school, ClassDojo would fit nicely. You can monitor the good and bad behaviors of students so you can address them.

2. They provide individual reports for each student. You will be able to determine their strengths and weaknesses in terms of behavior. From there, you can continue to reinforce the good behavior by praising them privately about it. As for the negative behavior, you can sit down and work with the student on how to improve or eliminate that behavior.

Regular Feedback

Regular Feedback

3. You can encourage class participation by giving them points when they contribute or give effort in a class discussion. A lot of students get an adrenaline rush getting points. Also, instead of their photos, the students are represented by monster avatars so they can change it regularly.

Give points!

Give points!

4. You can help them be aware that you give minus points for behavior that is not acceptable in the classroom. In theory, the Classdojo screen should be on the projector screen so that they can see real-time feedback on how they are doing in class.

5. The reports are accessible to the students AND parents. They can monitor how they are doing and their parents can also remind them to do better or to praise them if they are getting lots of positive points.

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Recently, they enhanced further the app by adding a function that allows you to check attendance! I think it’s a great function and you can easily track the attendance of your students.

So far, I’m happy with the app, and will continue to use it.

If you’ve been using this app as well, please share your experience and comments about it 🙂

 

What is your Teaching Paradigm?

The question above is almost always present in every job interview. Almost always present but not really expected. It’s a question that can throw any teacher completely off guard, make us cringe or on the other hand, make us stop and actually reflect.

Though this question may be commonly encountered during the job interviews, it doesn’t and shouldn’t mean it should be left there. After five, ten even forty years of teaching, do we go back and answer this question? Can we answer this crystal clearly and unflinchingly?  Do we even have an answer for this one?

Perhaps it’s better to ask ourselves, “do I even HAVE a teaching philosophy?”

Perhaps, we’ve been draining all our energies and efforts in the classroom without really having a concrete set of teaching beliefs to hold on to. Inevitably, our classroom activities and actions seem in conflict with each other.

Fear not if you’ve forgotten the various teaching philosophies. Here’s a quick look at some of them:

We hope that revisiting these terms would help clarify your teaching beliefs:

Philosophies on Education

  1. Behaviorism – is the belief that students learn through an external stimulus, thus the need for rewards and punishment
  2. Cognitivism – argues that students learn through the different mental processes such as thinking, memory, knowing and problem-solving
  3. Constructivism – believes that students learn by “constructing” connections between new information and background knowledge (schema)
  4. Humanism – is a worldview that students learn because self-actualization is the ultimate goal of human beings
Follow the path

These are the major teaching paradigms. Interestingly, we can already decipher their meanings simply by looking at their names. If you are a teacher who believes that students learn by mastering their behavior, then consider yourself a behaviorist. You’re a cognitivist if you feel that students learn by unleashing their cognitive (or brain) power. If you think that students need to understand new information by relating it to what they already know, then you are a constructivist. But if you argue that students learn because they want to be the best person that they can be, then call yourself a humanist.

What if, after reading this, you realize that you believe in all the philosophies? What if you’re the type who combines some of the features of all the philosophies and adopt them in your classroom? Does that mean that what you’re doing is wrong? Once again, have no fear. It means you’re an eclectic.

We hope that as teachers, we continue to reflect on our teaching paradigm. This way, we are continually guided on how we approach our students’ learning.

Happy teaching!

P.S.

As a challenge, look into your lesson plans, teaching materials and assessments, and try to find out which teaching philosophy you uphold. =)

 

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