My baby girl is now 3 years old!! Geez! Time really flies so fast huh. This post is not about me as a mom of Naomi…this post is about her teachers in pre-school. Saying Thank You is not enough for these teachers. So I dedicate this post to all her kindergarten teachers.
Dear Teachers (farangs & thais),
First, I want to thank you for really taking the time to know Naomi…her moods, her wants, her needs, her weaknesses, and her source of happiness.
She is not the shy and quiet little girl anymore because you make her feel confident in your class.
I want to thank you for helping us to teach her to be confident in using the potty. She now tells us when she needs to do number 1 and sometimes number 2.
Thank you for taking the time to mark all her activities. Her fine motor skills shows a great improvement because of your well thought activities in class.
Thank you for taking the time to do lovely hairstyles on her. Every time I pick her up in the afternoon, she always tells me “my teacher do my hair”.
Thank you for using ClassDojo for keeping me and her dad updated on her developments everyday.
Thank you for always informing me if something bad happens. I know that I can trust you and I know that my child will be safe.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your effort and most importantly, for making my child’s time with you fun and engaging.
As a teacher, I used different styles and/or tactics in managing my class. My principal and colleagues would ask me what do I do inside the classroom that I dont send students in the office. Why Student A is behaving well in my class compared to the other classes?
I am not saying I am a perfect teacher or I have a great classroom management skills…but one thing I learned as a teacher and as a mother is not one single method will always work.
From Clip Chart to sticker/stamp rewards to time-out corner to reflection time…name it! I tried all of them even with my own son (except the Clip Chart :)) and with my students.
Then I came across ClassDojo, read the reviews and tried it at home first. I do have some concern before using this App: 1. In our school (Phuket, Thailand) we don’t have an interactive board or a smart board (but i have computer and tv in my classroom). 2. Displaying red or bad behavior points or low points may make other students feel bad about themselves (but this is not different to clip chart right?) 3. How do we (management) monitor messages between teachers and parents (this one can be a matter of trust).
After some series of experiments and trouble shooting, we started introducing this to all our teachers and parents. We encouraged our teachers to use this free app wisely and professionally. I, myself doesnt believe in reward system but even if my students don’t get anything from those points. This App has helped me in a lot of ways. One is monitoring the attendance. Second, paperless behavior tracking. Third, easy communication between teachers and the parents. 4th, there is a ClassDojo community filled with amazing people that inspire and help each other.
Another good news is I am now a ClassDojo Mentor after using it for a year! You get a Mentor badge on your CD account and to be honest it gives you a boost!!
It is so easy to use and the ClassDojo people are awesome. They answer your queries in about 24hrs or even less! Here’s a link on how to get started : https://www.classdojo.com/resources/
If you have any question or is already a ClassDojo user let me know by commenting below. Share with me your thoughts about this app. 🙂
Did I mention, I also use ClassDojo at home? 🙂