Monday, June 11, 2012

The Check is in the Mail

It feels like it has been a little while since I have written a "real" blog post about what is happening in my classroom...that is the trouble with summer vacation! 

This doesn't mean I have been hard at work...I so have!  Besides working on my online lessons and my whole other bucketlist of things to do, I have been starting to revise some things for next year school year...starting with lessons that I will start off with in August!

One big unit I do starting the first week of school ties introducing my classroom management/behavior plan into economics learning.  We learn about concepts like opportunity cost, income, expenses but also budgeting, saving, and spending.  Students get to put this into practice by earning Caught You Being Good Coins or CYBG coins!  These are just coins similar to these that I purchased from Oriental Trading.  I hate that they don't still have the ones that I have...luckily they last a while and I have tons!

My students earn them for class participation, on-task behavior, following directions, kindness to others...you name the good behavior, they can earn a coin for it!  (My one rule is you don't ask for coins...you have to get "caught"!)  They get so well trained that just a clink of the coins gets behavior to straighten up quick!  (And later on in the year...I use this as an example of a learned animal behavior, and they are amazed!)  I so often have coins on me that I find them in all my pockets, my purse, my car, my bookbag, my coffee table at home...my friends are used to seeing them now!

My students also can earn coins for other things including their classroom jobs.  When I pay my students for completing their job, I don't just give them the CYBG coins...no way!  This is a real job we are talking about here!  So I write them a check to pay them for their services...
well...not a real check...but one that they can take to the classroom bank teller to trade for real CYBG coins!  Jackpot! :)  My kids love to get their check on Friday afternoon...and clamor to be first in line to get it cashed and add to their coin stash...counting and figuring how many more coins until they earn their desired prize.

I have so much to share with you later about this unit...other ways to earn coins, classroom jobs, my coin catalog...but for right now, I can share with how to get your own classroom checks!  You can go to either...
My Teacher's Notebook store
   

or

My TeachersPayTeachers store
    

Enjoy! :)

2 comments:

  1. That caught my attention! Very cute and super fun. Your kids go crazy I bet. :)

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  2. I also use a check management system with my 2nd graders. They learn so much from it! :)

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