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Creating A Classroom Economy

12/03/15

How do you promote positive behaviour in your classroom? Amanda has created Miss Hatt's Cash - don't worry, she isn't giving away real money! 

I have recently taken over a year 3 class as their teacher has gone on maternity leave. I wanted a new way of running the classroom that they would also enjoy, so I started "Miss Hatt's Cash". 

The outline of it is that students can earn money for good behaviour, and be charged for bad behaviour. The students in my class also have their own school packs with their pencil, rubber, ruler etc in them instead of the communal table buckets, so I charge them for lost pack items as well. The idea is to make them more responsible for their things.

I bought many prizes ranging from stickers to pencils to books, that they can buy each Friday if they've earned enough money. There is a chart up in the class that outlines how much the prizes costs. A sticker is £10 and they increase to £100. I spent about £25 getting all the prizes to set it up, but I definitely think it was worth it.

My students love earning money and I have definitely seen an improvement in their behaviour as they are trying to earn money for prizes they actually want. It's definitely worth a try if you're struggling to keep control!

Have a classroom resource you would like to share? We would really like to hear about it and share with other teachers. Contact Megan for more information. 

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