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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.

Class Dojo Makes it More Difficult to Skip Classes

In the good old days the only way teachers, parents and their children who are busy attending school, had only two ways to communicate with each other. First one would be a phone call from the school and the second would be when the teacher sent a letter or a note with the child to be given to the parents. Not so anymore. In this age of smartphones and apps, it is possible for everyone in the above example to be constantly in touch with each other. This is through an app called Class dojo and it allows a three-way conversation between the three parties, always letting each one in the loop of the day’s events.

Class dojo gives users the freedom to use photos, text as well as videos of the day’s happenings. This gives the users a feeling of a team effort as the children make their way through school. When one thinks about this for a second it is truly amazing. In the past, in our younger days, whenever we had a good or a bad experience for that matter, there were times that we felt the wish to share it immediately. With Class Dojo, this is now possible.

In a few short years, the app has gone on to become very successful. It is used at close to 90% of classes that go from kindergarten to 8th grade. Not only that, it is now available in 180 countries. It is also compatible with 35 languages. The people behind the design of Class Dojo are former as well as active teachers. The app has also managed to garner plenty of awards and accolades from the press. Including the prestigious “30 under 30” award from Forbes Magazine.