Here's how it works: my students are rewarded for their good behavior with "money." Let me back up a minute and tell you I did this with a checking system in a roster instead of using tangible money. Quarterly, my students pair up, design a store, a slogan, and a symbol, and they bring in all their unwanted toys and a few goodies to sell to their classmates, while trying to make a profit so the next quarter starts out in the green! It occurred to me last Monday that the checkbooks were such a great idea in August - well, here I am in October, and my kiddos needed a money system to actually purchase things at this sale. Thanks to amazing aides, I printed, cut, laminated, and recut $10,000 in fake cash this week. Woah! I contemplated checks, but the other class uses money, and I think the writing of checks (not to mention printing them quarterly) was going to be a headache.
The kids had so much fun with this, but it can only be described as mass chaos. Our two adjoining classrooms were transformed by tiny entrepreneurs, and I already have ideas of things that need to change in order to keep our classroom running smoother in quarter two. One of those is that I should adopt a fine system, or I'm going to be printing fake money for kids who already have a ton of it! I'm learning as I go, but I ended my Friday by buying Fun Dip in bulk, and becoming the proud owner of an inflatable microphone. Can you say the same? My job is pretty awesome.