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Monday, July 28, 2014

Classroom Economy Using Tokens for Classroom Management

Last year, I decided to use Classroom Economy for my classroom management system. Well, this post isn't to explain how Classroom Economy works. Google it, search it on Pinterest. I LOVE it!

Because I teach at a year round school, my school year has already begun. This year, I wanted to keep my Classroom Economy, but make one change.

Last year, I had my students keep up with money earned and money lost in a little notebook. This proved to be a lot of work for me to be sure they were keeping up with it correctly. I also had a transaction sheet that the students filled out at the end of the day. Most students understood how to fill out this sheet, but you had a few who struggled. I ended up having to write down all the times they got money taken away so that I could check behind them to be sure they really fined themselves. Then on "payday" (which was every Friday), I had to spend a lot of time checking to be sure they'd added things up correctly.

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It was too much extra work. If you're a teacher, you know that you don't want to give yourself extra work. So, this year I switched it up a little bit. Another teacher gave me this hanging thing with pockets. I'm not exactly sure what the original purpose of this one was. I know they make jewelry holders that look like this.

Then, I bought mini white poker chips and mini red poker chips from Amazon. Although, I think regular size would work just as well. I was a little surprised at how mini these really were.

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Whenever I have students exhibiting desirable behaviors or completing homework or assignment, I give them a white token. On the other hand, when students exhibit undesirable behaviors or don't complete their work, I give them a red token. They keep their tokens in the pouch that corresponds to their classroom number.

This relates to the Classroom Economy in that each white token is worth $10. Each red token is worth -$10. So, they earn money for having white tokens and lose money for having red. For example, if a student had 8 white tokens and 2 red tokens. I subtract the 2 red tokens from the 8 white and get 6. Then, I multiply 6 by $10, so that student earned $60 that day. I also factor in their "salary" for their classroom job.

The best part is that each individual student does not keep track of this. One of my classroom jobs is Accountant. The Accountant marks on a chart I made how many of each color tokens each student received each day. Then, they figure out how much money they earned each day. At the end of the week, the Accountant adds up their money earned with their weekly salary for their weekly total. This way only one student has to understand how to keep track and all I have to do is look at their total and quickly give them their money.

It is so much easier than what I was doing last year.

How do you keep track of students' behavior? Do you use classroom economy? 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Total Social: My Favorites

Happy Thursday! I have to start this post by saying Happy Anniversary to my husband, Lee! Today marks 4 years of marriage!

Today, I am linking up with Helene in Between and Venus Trapped in Mars for Total Social. This month's topic is favorites. So, I thought I'd share a list of a few of my favorite things.

Helene in Between

Movie: Titanic

Book: Harry Potter series

Quote: "I figure life's a gift and I don't intend on wasting it. You don't know what hand you're gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you... to make each day count."  

Bible Verse: "Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth." 1 John 3:18

Place: Mountains

Food: Ice Cream

Color: Yellow

Team: University of Alabama Crimson Tide

Holiday: Christmas

Season: Fall

Clothing Item: Pajama Pants

Music: Throwbacks from 90's early 00's

Game Show: Wheel of Fortune

Guilty Pleasure: Eating raw cookie dough

I'll end with 2 of my favorite posts. These aren't the most fun or happy posts, but I love them because they are 2 that came straight from my heart: You Can't Go Home and Tales from the Emergency Room.

Share a favorite of yours with me in the comment section! Thanks!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July Literary Junkies

It's the second Tuesday of the month which means I'm linking up for my favorite book related link up, Literary Junkies!

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1. What are you reading? Tell us about it!
I am currently reading Enchanter by Joanne Wadsworth. It's the 3rd book in the Magio-Earth series. If you like fantasy and romance, I'd recommend these books to you. You can buy all 3 books in this series for your Kindle for less than $10!

In these stories, young people can find their "soul bound" mate who is literally their other half. This particular story follows Silvie and Guy who (like the others in the previous books) are from opposite warring countries. They have to try to find a way to forget each other or see each other without their kings finding out.

2. Do you find yourself reading more of a particular genre during the heat of summer? 
 For the most part, I'll read anything during the summer. Usually, if I'm going on vacation I like to take "light" reads. For example, I'll read romance novels, or chick lit, or just fun books that don't require a lot of thought.

3. Who are your favorite book villains (either to love or to hate?)
A villain I enjoy is Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter series. Of course, he's not the "main villain" and there are plenty of more evil characters. However, he serves as a good foil for Harry Potter and also represents the bully that every story taking place at a school must have. I would have loved to have known more about him. I feel like there's much more to his character and he sort of redeems himself in the end.

I also love the Grinch from How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He's one of my favorite characters ever.

As a Harry Potter fan, I can't leave out Snape. *SPOILER ALERT* You spend the whole series disliking this man, especially from the end of the 6th book through most of the 7th. BUT find out he was a hero all along. He's another character I'd love to know more about.

Lastly, I enjoyed the character Cain in the Gone series. He is similar to Snape in that he did some bad and he did some good. He was a complex character.

4. If you could choose one author’s writing powers to harness, who would you choose and why?
My first choice would be JK Rowling. I love how she can weave a story so complex yet everything fits together. I love the symbolism she included in Harry Potter and the characters she developed.

5. Do you read one book at a time, or read multiple books at once?
Usually, I only read one book at a time. Occasionally, I will read more than one book. This usually happens if I'm reading a nonfiction and want to also read something entertaining at the same time. I will also read more than one book if I have a lot of books on my to read list and just can't wait.

6. What are some of your favorite non-fiction books? 
Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis and Orphan Justice by Johnny Carr are two of my all time favorites. I also really enjoyed Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain and 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker.

What about you? Have you read anything good lately? Do you have a favorite nonfiction to recommend?