ERIC Number: ED221450
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Scholar Dollars: Their Use in Classroom Management.
Suggestions and background information to help teachers use classroom currency to influence students' behavior and academic efforts are provided. There are five parts to the publication. Part 1 discusses the many uses of classroom currency in teaching economics content, for motivation, and in discipline. For example, if teachers find that something they must teach is so repetitious that the classic symptoms of boredom start to appear, they could set up a simulation wherein students work for an imaginary institution: a laboratory which pays them for properly identified or analyzed specimens, a language agency which pays them for correct translations, or a computer service which pays them for correct equations for story problems. A classroom management scheme based on an economic model for "Putting Scholar Dollars to Work" is described in part 2. A variety of ways for "Spending the Scholar Dollars" is discussed in part 3. Among the possibilities are purchasing classroom privileges such as pencil sharpening and trips to the bathroom, and shopping at student-run businesses. Part 4 examines "Three Pitfalls and How to Sidestep Them." Problems which often arise include theft and loss, fund pooling, and the charge of materialism by parents. The publication concludes with a discussion of "Making the Reproducibles." Scholar dollars can be personalized, color-coded or size-coded, and student-designed. Examples of different denominations and designs are provided. (RM)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Discipline, Discipline Problems, Economics Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Motivation, Student Motivation
Good Apple, Inc., Box 299, Carthage, IL 62321-0299 ($5.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Good Apple, Inc., Carthage, IL.
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