Educational Tool

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 Brings the Classroom Home

 

We live in a digital age where everything you need to know is right at your fingertips. Smartphones have made almost every aspect of life easier with all kinds of information being easily accessible through our phones. With millions of different apps available for smartphones, there is an app for anything and everything you can think of. One app in particular is making academic success easier for students, teachers and parents.

ClassDojo is a communication app for teachers, students and parents. An interactive classroom management tool, ClassDojo allows students to create their own avatars with customizable monster-like characters that live in the animated world of ClassDojo. The teacher tracks students’ behavior and performance through the app and gives students either positive or negative dojo points depending on how they have done. Each student’s points are recorded on ClassDojo and parents can check the app to see how their child is behaving or performing.

Teachers love using ClassDojo because it saves time and is very organized. Rather than using the classic “wall chart” method of tracking students’ behavior, teachers can just go on ClassDojo and click to reward students points. Rather than using paper and stickers to track behavior, all of the students’ points are in one organized place.

Parents and students also love the ClassDojo method. Parents appreciate the fact that they can consistently check their child’s performance on their own time rather than waiting for progress reports or parent-teacher conferences. Students love ClassDojo because it gives a fun and interesting spin to earning behavior and performance points.

For more information on the ClassDojo app, please visit Classdojo.com.