Sunday, November 6, 2011
Using a token economy in your classroom is a great way to motivate students and shape classroom behavior. The token economy uses something to represent money. It could be "funny money", counters, plastic coins, etc. Each item has a value. Make a chart showing the different ways the students can earn money and the value associated with each task. Make sure to include "fines" the students have to pay--for having a messy desk, not returning homework on time, not following directions, etc. The students can spend the money on "paying for field trips" or use it at a classroom store. Many parents would not only love to run the store for you but also would be willing to donate items to the store. Have fun with a token economy!