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ClassDojo Asks Teachers to be ‘Mindful’

Everyday it seems we’re a little more distracted by little things that steal our attention away from what we should be focusing on. This mass distraction has made its way to our kids and their performance in school is suffering as a result. ClassDojo thinks it has the remedy for that with a series of instructional videos about mindfulness.

Mindfulness is daily mediation meant to make people focus better, and its gained popularity in schools. 90% of teachers ClassDojo surveyed say the practice helps their students perform better, but when they asked parents they learned only 10% of children practice mindfulness regularly.

This May, ClassDojo is asking classrooms to take part in the “Mindful Moment.” This will be a video series that will instruct teachers on how to guide meditation, put together by Marc Brackett, known for his work in opening up the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

Brackett speaks of mindfulness as a tool for building emotional intelligence. He’s cited research that shows 75% of students and 80% of teachers in high schools experience negative emotions that limits their performance. With a regular practice of mindfulness, Brackett believes both teachers and students would have the emotional intelligence to refocus and concentrate on teaching and learning.

CEO and co-founder Sam Chaudhary agrees. For Sam, ClassDojo’s main goal is to get kids to love the idea of learning. An online connection between teachers and parents has gone a long way to making sure that studies at home reinforce what goes on in the classroom. But they also need a bit of mindfulness to help them move past distraction and give their educational experience a lasting impression.

ClassDojo: A personal experience

What sets ClassDojo apart from everything else? The answer lies in the simple yet truly effective platform embed into ClassDojo. The scene is set; its 7:45 a.m. and as students rush into their classrooms, their attention and focus is probably not where their teacher would like. How to redirect? In a ClassDojo classroom, students redirect themselves. In a ClassDojo classroom students are daily aware of their own expectations. But how? It’s simple; a point system…that really works! ClassDojo allows students to gain or loss points based on literally a limitless array of tasks. The secret to the ClasDojo point system is its personal nature. To set up ClassDojo, students are required to create a personal avatar. This avatar is unique to every student. This personal touch, as simple as it may seem, helps students own their behavior. It helps students earn and own every point. Students will not value what is not theirs. ClassDojo helps teachers not only give points, but in reality create a positive classroom climate. Without even knowing it, students are learning and daily repeating the classroom expectations set up by the teacher. So, in the daily ritual of a ClasDojo classroom, students enter the learning atmosphere in a completely different manner. As chaotic as a morning may start off in, students in a ClassDojo room are already aware of the classroom climate. These students are eager to earn, accomplish, and empower there own learning.

 

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