For the first time ClassDoJo has joined forces with Stanford’s Project for Education Research That Scales (PERTS) to create five animated shows with Mojo and Katie as the stars. These series have been made to initiate a ground up change in the way that teachers, students, and parents view “growth mindset”, a concept that has been around for a while and maintains that the idea that with the right type of encouragement students are able to increase their aptitude and skills over time. Mojo and Katie will help demonstrate to teachers and parents that students should not only be praised for doing well; students should receive praise for their strategies in learning and for the steps they take to doing their best. Even if a student doesn’t pass the big test or accomplish the main goal it is important to make sure they know that the steps they are taking to reach their goals are just as important as actually accomplishing their goals.
The characters Mojo and Katie can be seen in their shows on ClassDojo’s “Big Ideas” website as well as on YouTube. PERTS will give access to teachers and parents an online toolkit that entails lesson plans and practices to help reiterate the “growth mindset” concept in hopes of creating a positive culture with classrooms and schools.
PERTS took an interest in working with ClassDoJo because of their expansive reach of teachers, parents, and students. ClassDoJo is a San Francisco based company that has reached 2 in 3 schools providing teachers, parents, and students with educational connection and empowerment. One of the founders of ClassDoJo, Liam Don says that the concept for Mojo and Katie came from observing teachers who were having difficulties expressing the “growth mindset” idea to their students. Many of these teachers were showing their students YouTube videos, hence ClassDoJo’s use of the animated characters. There will be a study done before and after teachers view the animated shows to see how the teachers will react and how it will better help them demonstrate the “growth mindset” ideas with their students.
ClassDojo and PERTS have not profited from their current efforts, however, should these animated series prove to do well there is always an opportunity for monetary gain in the future.
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