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In addition to the checks, students can earn class cash, which in my classroom is called Kenzie Kash (named after my daughter, Kenzie). Students can deposit their cash into their checking accounts or keep a small bit on hand. They use the money to pay for things that they win in the quarterly class auction, the classroom video store where they can rent VHS and DVD tapes to bring home, or pay for fines if they aren’t following the rules in the classroom. I often hear very positive reviews of my economy system from not only the students but the parents as well.
However, the classroom economy is just one of the methods I use to help with my management. Other things that I do are the character certificates. You can read more about them here but the main idea is that the students recognize each other for their good character. (Download the freebie here.)
|Puff Ball Payout|
Another idea that I do is my puff ball machine. It correlates with the classroom economy in which students who don’t receive points in behavior and work habits the previous week get to take a spin on the puff ball machine. I did a blog post on that too where you can read all about it. Depending on what color puff ball the student gets, they get a certain amount of class cash to go with it. (Read the blog post here.)
One of my favorite ideas that I do is a weekly thing. Each Friday, I choose 5-6 students and I write a positive message on their desk with a dry-erase marker. The students really look forward to this each week. I rotate to make sure that each student gets one every few weeks. (Read the blog post here.)
Along with all of these methods, I also use Classroom Scratch and Win cards. These cards are reserved for birthdays and days that I see kids doing something fabulous. They LOVE them! They are super easy to make too. Basically, I take my certificates and cover the box with a piece of packing tape. I then mix 1 part dish soap with 2 parts black paint (silver is preferable but all I have is black right now). I then paint over the packing tape with a couple coats of the paint. When students get a card, they scratch off the paint to see what they won. They really get a kick out of this! (See my scratch and win printable here.)
|Sample scratch & wins (available in my store)|
What are some classroom management tips and systems that you have in place? Comment below!