Many of you have heard of and started using ClassDojo to give feedback to your students on classroom management. Students can earn points and class rewards, plus parents can get a record of how their child was behaving in class. This method of classroom management works great for some teachers and schools, however many schools have a different philosophy on how student behaviour should be modeled/ encouraged.
There is another way ClassDojo can beneficial to your class. If you have class discussions, socratic circles – you want to encourage all students t participate in the discussion, track who is participating often, and the quality of their comments. With ClassDojo, you can rename/ add behaviors as the criteria you have your discussion rubric.
For example, you can set your “behaviors”in ClassDojo as:
- States and Identifies issues
- Uses Background Knowledge
- Stipulates claims or definitions
- Elaborates statements with explanations
- Acknowledges statements of others
- Challenges the logic, clarity of statements
- Invites contributions of others
Now you can quickly acknowledge each contribution to the discussion using your phone or iPad and not disrupt the discussion. We’ve found this sample discussion rubric: Check it out!