- Sponsorship -

Class Dojo Connects Parents, Provides Positive Competition for Students


A new program in Kent City Elementary classes provides parents instant feedback on how their student is doing in class, while encouraging classmates to bring their A-game in a friendly competition to do their best.

The free program, Class Dojo, provides teachers an online medium to give points to their students in areas ranging from ‘helping others’ and ‘working hard’ to ‘homework not done’ or ‘off task’. Teachers can create their own segments, such as fourth-grade teacher Kim Fox’s favorite ‘just plain awesome’. The program allows the teacher to add an explanation for the points given.

Parents who have downloaded the app, get immediate feedback throughout the day on how their student is doing. The initiative allows them to respond to their students struggles or achievements in a timely manner, as opposed to waiting for a report card or parent-teacher conferences.

“Because there is a quick and easy message board, I’ll get messages from parents i may not have heard from otherwise,” said Fox, who implemented Class Dojo during her first year at Kent City Elementary, after having used it during her previous 13 years as a teacher at Godwin Heights Public Schools. Since then, several other teachers in the school have started using the app.

Customized Uses

Although the Class Dojo concept remains the same, teachers are finding their own unique way to use it to motivate their students. Fox said she likes to encourage her students to “…celebrate each-other’s successes,” explaining that her students can give classmates ‘dojo points’ and offer their peers words of encouragement.

For fellow teacher Kara Alber, Class Dojo provides a sort of good behavior currency.

“My points convert to fake money,” explained Alber, who writes realistic checks to students and ties it into a lesson on balancing budgets. “School is your job right now,” Alber explains to students, “do a good job, and you’ll get paid.”

Periodically, students will bring in toys and snacks and have a ‘dojo bucks’ auction.

Both teachers said parents appreciate the constant feedback, citing that it has helped some students feel better about going to school. They also said that the ding sound the program makes when points are given “grabs student’s attention.”

“It’s a good positive motivator for students,” said Alber, adding “it gets parents more involved, and helps answer any questions they have.”

CONNECT

Class Dojo

- Sponsorship -
Avatar
Adrian Hirsch
Adrian Hirsch has been with SNN since its launch, starting as an intern from Grand Valley State University where he received a degree in broadcasting and business. After the internship, Adrian was brought on as staff to continue reporting, editing and publishing stories for SNN and Kent ISD. Adrian has been active with community radio station WYCE for years, served as Non-Profit Coordinator for GRTV, and currently works as the Web Producer for SNN.

LATEST ARTICLES

Fourth-grade hockey fan gets a magical hour on ice: ‘I made the shot!’

Raised as a Red Wings and Grand Rapids Griffins hockey fan, Jackson Solow lights up while skating on an ice rink wearing his favorite hockey jersey...

‘This time it is continued learning’

One school’s switch from in-person to virtual education last week was nearly seamless, especially when compared with the forced school closure in March...

Foundation grants $28,285 in fall funding requests

Virtual phys ed and art experiences, materials to improve classroom focus and books on social issues aimed at middle-schoolers are among the grants approved this fall...

Latest school closings expand on state-ordered high school mandate

More Kent County districts continue to announce temporary school building closures, as schools contend with a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in Kent County and Michigan...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related Articles

At-home learners stay connected through a new resource

In late October, Kent City Elementary opened a designated room to give families who have chosen virtual education extra resources and support...

Mapping the road to learning

Elementary teachers Billie Freeland and Nicole Andreas are at the forefront of using a curriculum designed to further educational goals, regardless of whether students are in person or online...

Homecoming, modified

The coronavirus pandemic has forced school districts to make changes to the ways they celebrate some annual traditions...
- Sponsorship -

HOW'S SCHOOL TODAY?

Engagement: The Most Important Measure of Student Success

Polls find that students’ engagement in their school work declines as they ascend the grades. Tests that don’t relate to their real-life experiences exacerbate the problem...

RADEMACHER & FRIENDS

Food ‘angels’ support hungry kids through pandemic

They work all across Kent County, guardian angels with peanut butter on their hands and crumbs on their shirtsleeves...
- Sponsorship -

MEDIA PARTNERS

Maranda Where You LiveWGVU

SUSTAINING SPONSORS