After sixteen years of teaching I have used the majority of classroom management techniques out there. Basically most of them use a carrot and stick approach. Students do the right thing and get the "carrot" or do the incorrect behavior and risk the "stick". The "stick" could be anything from a negative to a detention or office referral. More often the "carrot" is the more difficult thing to make appealing to a student.
Enter "Class Dojo" a very interactive website and application for classroom management. Class Dojo uses little monsters avatars for your students. Your students can log in and change their avatar to a custom monster of their choosing. My 7th graders liked this feature very much it was definitely a "carrot." The program is very basic. You choose positive and negative behaviors for your class and then reward or correct students during class. You can project Class Dojo on a smartboard so that the class can hear and see when a positive or negative is received. You can also have parents log in to Class Dojo to see how there child is doing or print reports which shows a pie chart of positives to negatives.
All and all, Class Dojo is a very smart techy way of managing the classroom. I think it would would for very young children all the way up to middle school. The website can be found here www.classdojo.com
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