Know your pain points
What is the biggest pain point in your classroom? Classroom management was my biggest headache.
In my first three years of teaching, I tried at least ten management systems, including red-yellow-green cards, marble jars and a clipboard I carried all day.
Enter ClassDojo. When it first came out, I immediately jumped onboard, as I was still struggling to stay afloat. It didn’t solve all my problems but it made my biggest pain point a little less excruciating, which made working through the kinks worth it.
No piece of technology is going to transform your classroom overnight but addressing pain point will is a step in the right direction.
Robert Pronovost is the director of curriculum and instruction for the Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto, Calif. He is an ISTE Emerging Leader, a CUE Outstanding Emerging Teacher and a Google Certified Innovator. Provonost holds his M.A. in Elementary Education from Stanford University. His presentations and work can be found at www.robertpronovost.com. Follow him on Twitter or contact him via email.