Using Class Dojo in the Middle School Classroom


Hi Everyone!

I wanted to share with you one of my classroom management ideas I use with my 7th graders.  You may have heard of Class Dojo, but if you are a middle or high school teacher, you normally do not see it used at our level.  It seems to be used primarily at the elementary level, and middle school teachers may not feel a need for it because they believe their students will find it to be "babyish".  Let me start by saying, my 7th graders love it, and because they are often competitive, it makes for a great incentive program in the classroom.

How does Class Dojo work?

First, Class Dojo is free.  All you have to do is sign up for an account.  Once you create yourself an account, you can set up your classrooms. The Class Dojo interface is very easy to use, and it is simply adding your class by "adding a classroom".  You will name your class, and then begin adding students.  I added my students individually by first name, last initial; however, you can enter your students' names in any fashion.  In addition, Class Dojo also has an easy upload, where you can download your rosters from Microsoft Excel.  You then can decide if you would like to invite parents to see their child's work.  I opt out of this, especially since I use this for incentives in the classroom and not specifically for classroom management.
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