How many students raise their hand in your class everyday? Picture the students you have heard from in class vs. those you have NOT heard from in class. I imagine the second number is larger than the first. Just because kids are not raising their hands, does not mean they don't have something to say.
Introduce TodaysMeet, a site where students can put their thinking out to the whole class. You may have heard it called backchanneling. This is the conversations that are going on behind the activity going on in the classroom or meeting.
TodaysMeet creates a chat room, you share the link, students go to the link (NO SIGN UP REQUIRED!), put in a display name, and then get started. You can type questions or comments, up to 140 characters. Kind of like Twitter in the classroom, in a safe environment!
How can YOU use this in YOUR classroom, you ask? Here are some quick, easy ways:
Another awesome feature, you can have these rooms delete themselves after a given amount of time. These are not permanent rooms. You can keep them up and going for one hour to one year! Pretty cool, right? Check out a quick video below on creating your room!
Need a way to manage those classroom behaviors? Want a positive way to do this in a way that motivates students to make good choices? Class Dojo may be the site for you!
I have seen this site used in elementary all the way through high school. The outcomes have been the same in all the classrooms, students and parents love it.
How Does it Work
Class Dojo is a web-based behavior management tool. The great thing is that you can use this on your computer, phone, ipad, or any other device with connectivity. Teachers sign up for a FREE account and input their students' names into the system (some teachers use their numbers instead, your choice). Then the student is assigned a monster avatar.
What happens next, is that you get to award students points for their good behavior. What is "good behavior"? Well, the great thing is that you can customize the good and the bad behaviors. Because along with the giving of the points, there is the taking away of the points for negative behaviors.
The great thing is that when you award a student a point, there is a message that comes up that congratulates that student and says why you awarded that point. Because many teachers keep this projected all day on their board, students often times will rethink their behaviors because they do not want their peers to see them get deducted points. Some teacher choose to only reward points and do not take them away. Again, it is a personal decision that you can make.
Now that students have earned points, what happens? Of course people have thought about his, and there are many options of things you can do to reward students. Some have come up with clever reward charts like Hanging out in First.
Seriously, search Pinterest for Class Dojo rewards. You will find enough to reward your students for years!
Parents and Data
There is a great tool for parents. They can sign up for the site and get automatic feedback on their child's behavior daily from this site. You can also choose to send reports home. The great thing is that this site stores your data, giving you a way to track behavior. This can be a wonderful tool for those students you are needing to keep data on for behavior. It allows you to be specific about the behaviors causing the issues, so you can better address and solve them.
Another great web-based tool!
Fifth grade teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom, sharing my journey with technology in the classroom