I am all for things that work! I saw CLASSDOJO on display in a classroom in DC and it looked like it was working for that class, that teacher, and those students. I put it on my list to come home and check it out. It took me four weeks, but better late than never.
The site is set up to be used for behavior management throughout the day. However, I think the teacher I saw was only using it for behavior during Literacy Work Stations. It was displayed on the white board throughout Stations and the teacher was adding points or taking away points while she worked with groups at the Guided Reading table.
Here is what my "fake class" looks like- and you can see who has points! Lots of points today. No one in the negative yet! :)
Every student is an avatar- they can pick their own or for time's sake you can just assign! I actually just watched the online video and with a SECRET CODE kids can design their own. You know- one with 25 eyes! IF you wanted to, you could have the students choose code names for their avatar rather than their own name, but let's be honest kids know who IS and who is NOT doing it right and sometimes I think we are trying to be "too nice" as a teacher to not just say it like it is. Any way, the teacher can customize the behaviors he/she awards points for or takes points away for. I can think of specific behaviors that are important during Work Stations!
It took me about 5 minutes to get my class set up on the computer. And then I got an email that said there is an APP for that. So I can be at the Guided Reading table awarding points to my little monters (they are actually little monsters on the site-HA!) who are out working away in Stations!
I like, like, like it and maybe you will too! Now I have to get the APP for my phone! Check it out for yourself http://www.classdojo.com/
If you want to hear it explained better than my post above, watch here! This is meant to explain DOJO to students http://www.classdojo.com/share/