Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Class Dojo

Logan came home a few weeks ago talking about a Class Dojo and I had no idea what he was talking about. He kept asking, "Can we do it for us - me, Sean and Ben?" He mumbled on and on about points and jobs. I shook my head a few times, mumbled back and hoped it would go away.

While volunteering in Logan's class yesterday, I was able to see the Class Dojo in play and asked the teacher how to find it.

Basically, it is a point system on the computer with cool looking monsters. Each child gets a funny looking avatar. Depending on what jobs, tasks or areas the teacher or parent puts in the system, a child can get points for doing something, displaying a certain behavior, etc. A reward for gaining a certain amount of points in a specific amount of time can be put in place. For Logan's class, when he reaches 20 points in one week, they get to do two less "works" (Montessori system) on the Tuesday following.

Points may also be taken away. I am not sure how that works. I do get a report from Logan about who in his class is in the negative.

We now have our own Class Dojo. It is free, easy to setup and even has an app for the phone. Perhaps you too want a Dojo in your life...

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