Classroom Economy (Freebie) - Spark Student Motivation


Happy Saturday!! I am just popping in to share one of the strategies I will be using this year for classroom management. So of course I am linking up with my good friend Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching for...



For the last two years I have been using a clipchart (read about it here). Earlier this week I did a home visit for a student that will be coming to my class and was informed that this system will NOT work for her - that a classroom token economy system would be better.

I have done a classroom economy for a number of years (read about it here) but tried moving away from it the last two years. I still used it before Christmas (read about it here) and at Easter (read about it here) and do really like it - I just find it can be a little expensive.

I will be returning to using classroom money (the bankbooks I used with older kids seems a little bit too much for Grade 1's right away). Here is what my classroom money looks like (only photocopied on to coloured paper!):



Click here if you would like a copy (sorry if the teacher does not look like you!!)

We are going to keep our money in these pencil cases I picked up at The Dollar Tree. I have used envelopes before and putting it in a folder in our desk - but again with the little ones, I wanted something a little more concrete for them to use and that would be less likely to get lost in their desks. I am making labels for them - just as soon as my class list is finalized!!




This is my treasure box. I bought it years ago at IKEA. I hope to have school related items as well as a few dollar store treats.

Just need to find the lock - somewhere in the pile of boxes and bins!!!

So that is it, one of the ways I hope to keep my class motivated and on task this year : )

4 comments

  1. That treasure box is AWESOME! You're such a wonderful teacher with your flexibility to make sure each student is successful in your class! (Does your school require each teacher do a home visit for all students?) When I was younger we used the money system and it was super motivational-your students are going to eat it up! Good luck next week! Thanks for sharing and linking up BBB!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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  2. Those pencil cases look like the perfect solution for the little ones to store their money. I am sure your students will love this system! Enjoy!

    Mary
    Fit to be Fourth

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  3. Thanks for the fun money! I've been using a clip chart, too and letting them buy brag tags with points because they're a great (and cheap) alternative to the treasure box. I'm going to try your money instead of points. It will save me time if the firsties can manage it.
    Always Primary

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    1. Love the idea of buying brag tags - I am going to put some in the treasure box!! Thanks for the idea : )

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