This year I’ve been searching for new ways of tracking student behaviours. It is a requirement of Ontario Schools to report on a variety of Learning Skills and communicate how a student is conducting themselves on a daily basis. Most of these Learning Skills relate to how a student manages and interacts with others. It is important to keep track of day to day activities in order to keep accurate records of how a student is performing. THIS CAN BE A CHALLENGE!
I for one have tried to use clipboards and anecdotal notes to record student behaviours, but with limited success. I’ve had a hard time keeping daily notes organized, and was on the lookout for a site that would assist me in my daily tracking.
And that’s when I found Class Dojo – a web based account for teachers to track student behaviours. One of my favourite features of this site is the ability to update in real time. I am lucky to have a SmartBoard in my classroom and can project my tracking site to the students. This helps provide instant feedback to students, and updates my tracking sheets instantly.
Student behaviours are tracked using a point system, and I can award points for both positive or negative actions. I like to focus in on the positive behaviours and have students compete for who can accumulate the most points. I am finding students are making more improvements and are proud of their achievements.
The other great aspect of this site is that it is totally customizable. You are able to set what the students are awarded for, and you can change it based on class goals. For instant my positive and negative points are directed towards responsibility and cooperation (see screen shots), which is a focus in my classroom for term 1.
I hope to see students earn a lot of positive points, and improve their responsibility and cooperation. When students show an improvement in these skills I will be able to change the awards for term 2.
Another great aspect of this site is the reporting option. I am able to generate weekly/monthly reports for students and parents that show what awards the student has received. This site will organize all the behaviours into a friendly chart that display the student’s performance. It is really easy to see a students strengths and areas for improvements (green vs. red).
Students will be able to use these charts to check to see their progress and set goals to continually improve. Reports can be emailed or exported in a friendly PDF format. I have not provided or shared reports yet, as I’m still learning more about the site options, and the easiest way to share.
Would you as a parent like a weekly or monthly report sent home with a student? Or would you rather have reports emailed to you? Students would you like to receive a report on a weekly or monthly basis? Would you like printed report or would you like your report shared electronically?
This is one of my holdups as I do not like to use a lot of paper, and printing weekly reports for each student would use a great deal of paper. I’m open for suggestion, so please share a comment and help me find the best way to share behaviours with both parents, and students.