Class Dojo have added a series of five ‘Big Ideas’ videos to their website highlighting the importance of adopting a growth mindset and some strategies for developing one. The videos bring the Dojo characters to life as they struggle when faced with challenges or discover that they cannot do something that they thought they were really good at. The videos are being released every Monday, with the first 3 already available with downloadable discussion guides. Check out ‘Chapter 1: A Secret about the Brain‘ below before clicking here to see the complete the series, including: Chapter 2: The Magic of Mistakes; Chapter 3: The Power of ‘Yet’; Chapter 4: The World of Neurons and Chapter 5: Little by Little. Thank you to the team at Class Dojo.
ClassDojo was originally designed in the US as a digital based behaviour management system where teachers gave children points for choosing to do the ‘correct’ behaviours. The video below explains a little more (as well as many others on YouTube).
There is no right or wrong way to use ClassDojo as it will depend on your own (and school’s) ethos and values as a teacher. However, not being a big fan of using extrinsic rewards systems, but recognising the motivation that ClassDojo could create, I have been exploring using it to reward behaviours that the school and I are trying to promote, namely, building learning power/growth mindsets. New behaviours are added every half-term and the recent adaptation of changing the weighting of the points means that we can value some behaviours more than others. The points are collated over a two week period, at the end of which the highest point scorer receives a leaning power certificate. There are still many features that need exploring, so if you have not signed up for free yet, why not give it a go and experiment in your own classroom?