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ClassDojo: Best Tips and Tricks for Teachers

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ClassDojo is a superb digital platform for connecting students, teachers, and families in and out of the classroom. While it's very easy to use and filled with useful features, it's best taken advantage of when you know how to use it right. That's why the best ClassDojo tips and tricks are invaluable for teachers.

Whether you're toying with the idea of introducing ClassDojo in your class, you're a regular user, or you've just reached a point where you need something new, these tips and tricks will help.

From using ClassDojo to incentivize students to creating a useful platform to build dialogue with parents, these are the best ways teachers can get involved.

Set class goals with ClassDojo


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ClassDojo (opens in new tab) has a really useful points system analysis section that shows data in a donut wheel, with different colored sections for various positive and negative behaviors.

Since the whole class can be shown, the donut is a great way to get the group working as a team toward a goal. For example, you could tell you class that if you get to 90 percent positive by the end of the week, everyone will be rewarded with more time to play outside.

This not only motivates the students to be better, individually, but also to help their classmates to also reach the goal, as a team. Since each student can see their own donut, via their device, it's possible for them to monitor and stay on track throughout the week.

Give out lots of points

Don't be tight with points. This might seem simple but it's also very effective. With no limit, awarding lots of points is a great way to offer encouragement to students.

For example, this could be a useful way to reward students as they're reading through a book. By dealing out points as they work their way through, they're encouraged to stay with it.

More points up for grabs means more opportunities to advance, from a student perspective, so this can also help to keep the class engaged and focused, no matter what they're doing.

Reward what works


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Since each student is different, it's important to go beyond mere points and recognize how each one has done well. While that might mean positive feedback on a great assignment for one academic child, it could be a reward for staying calm to a child prone to energetic outbursts.

By using the different positive stickers, it's possible to help a student see where they've done well, thereby encouraging more of that positive behavior in the future.

Track parents better

ClassDojo is a great way to connect families and teachers. Now, rather than sending home a student with a note and a hope, you can post directly using the platform. This will then show when the parent has last logged in, an invaluable way to make sure they're staying informed of how the student is progressing. 

Use ClassDojo to send a weekly email to the parents who sign up, allowing you to keep communications paper-free, fast, and direct. Using the data donut with parents is also a nice way to show how the student is doing, making it a talking point should you want to message directly, say about a certain incident or behavior. 

Personalize the avatar images


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When choosing an avatar, the platform offers lots of cute monsters to pick from, allowing students to find the one they want. But did you know you can also let them pick from any images you want? All you need to do is upload images so they have access.

To do this, go to the Edit Class option at the top right, pick the student, then select Create set, to make a new set of images available. Name the set, upload the images, then let the students know that they have new images to pick from to use as their profile image.

A great way to keep students motivated is to print physical charts to put up around the classroom. These can be anything from goals that earn points to a calendar with daily requirements.

By making it physical, students are reminded to keep an eye on their progress, continue to work toward earning more points and, ultimately, to advance.

Having rewards is a great way to help achieve this focus. Perhaps you could use QR code-based prizes that students get to scan and cash in when they achieve a goal. 

A hall of fame is also a nice idea, placing students that break a certain points threshold up on the wall to be seen by all. 

Luke Edwards is a freelance writer and editor with more than two decades of experience covering tech, science, and health. He writes for many publications covering health tech, software and apps, digital teaching tools, VPNs, TV, audio, smart home, antivirus, broadband, smartphones, cars and much more.