Educators around the world have been researching in an effort to understand the way that the human mind, particularly the minds of young students, learns and develops sets of skills. The fruits of this research can be used to develop new and innovative teaching strategies to increase student performance both in and out of the classroom.
ClassDojo is a group that has been dedicated to the education of teachers, faculty, and parents on the benefits of instilling their child with a growth mindset. A growth mindset is a distinct method of thinking about learning that ClassDojo believes is not properly emphasized in modern schools and other learning institutions.
It is focused on the development of skills and an understanding of the connection between mental growth and hard work. However, it does not mean subscribing to the philosophy which says that learning a skill is directly related to how many hours you force yourself to sit down at a desk, banging away at a problem in the vain hopes of gaining an understanding. Instead, a growth mindset is all about learning how to manage time and effort efficiently to maximize benefit without burning out the brain completely.
ClassDojo has offered its services to schools and teachers for free for many years and intends to keep doing so. However, they are adding a new instrument to their arsenal of education.
To help get their message across to young students ClassDojo has engineered a five episode series of animated clips. These clips will star a pair of animated creatures, called” critters” by their creators. The hope is that the lovable little characters and their adventures will grab the attention of students and help them as they learn the steps to developing a growth mindset that they can use throughout their education. The short clips will be released on two platforms, including both Youtube and ClassDojo’s own web site. This makes the content easily accessible for free by teachers within the community. It also allows the episodes to be viewed outside of the classroom so that parents, or even the students themselves, can watch, engage with the characters, and learn the best methods to develop a growth mindset.
This is ClassDojo’s first venture into the animation and production world. Depending on the success of this project, more clips may be forthcoming. However, the organization maintains that its main focus will always be on education.