Now that the kids have a little bit of experience with the whole credit/debit thing, the first thing we do in the morning is hand out money to those who are in class on time. Before I do this, I show them in my register (the same as the kids'....I just put mine on the ELMO for everyone to see) how to record the new dollar that was just handed out. Then the kids do the same.
On this day of class, we focus on "Earnings". You see, I want the students to earn lots and lots of money. That way, they can "pay" for the things they need (and want) later on. If they have a big bank roll, it makes life a lot easier for them in class (hey, that's the same in life isn't it??)
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So we talk about the different ways to earn money. Some of them are cut and dry.
Come to school on time. Earn $1.
Wear a uniform. Earn $1.
Do your classroom job. Earn your salary. (read about jobs here. I don't give out jobs just yet.)
I let them know up front that I don't *always* hand out cash if they are doing the things on the circle map, but that if I see them doing those things, I just *might*, so it is a good idea. (eventually, they learn through the course of the year, that they are good ideas anyway, despite the cash....which is really my goal in it all, to develop good citizens)
I then spend the rest of the day, "catching them being good." I make it a point to say loudly, "Thank you Addison for following the classroom rules. You earned $2!" or, "I love how you lent Nico a pencil when he didn't have one, Cameron. You earned $3." The kids LOVE this, and it helps them try to do those things too.
Periodically, I stop the class and give a whole class "caught being good" for everyone being on task. That is a HUGE motivator! I then remind them, again, how to input that into their registers and make sure their totals match the cash in hand.
I try my hardest not to fine anyone in the first few days. I mean, we haven't really learned about it, and I want them to really feel good about earning money and the whole classroom economy. If I started out just taking money away, we would have kids in debt on the first day of school. That really isn't a great way to start out the year!
So that is pretty much day two. Day three, we talk about fines and expenses. So I will write about that tomorrow. Until then, what questions do you have for me now?