When guests visit my classroom, they immediately notice some unique routines I use to begin class. At the beginning of the year I began using Class Dojo to track student participation in various activities. (You can read my post that explains more about Class Dojo here.) I decided to integrate my SMART Board by allowing students to select their names from the sidebar to indicate that they are present and have written the day’s learning target in their planners. Check out this video from my classroom:
After I give the award, I randomly select a student from a virtual hat and have them roll the dice on the SMART Board to randomly select the day’s grammar challenge (see my Grammar Punk post for more details)…you may see a video of this in the near future.
I’m very impressed with Class Dojo. Not only do they have a great product, but the company very receptive to teacher feedback. I spoke to Kalen from Class Dojo about making it easier for students to select their names (switch function of sidebar and main screen or ability to move the sidebar). You can post your ideas or read other teachers’ ideas on Class Dojo’s teacher feedback page.
What are your start-of-the-class procedures? Do you use Class Dojo?