Talk about preparing for real life! In this system, we're using a full economy and money management system.
This approach is the opposite from what we have all done in our classes to try to coax the kids to behave well and speak English during our lessons. We've all probably done this with some sort of point or star system starting at zero, and the students get points for doing things well and minus points for their team for speaking their language or misbehaving. This system works a similar way, except the class starts each class with a certain amount of money (points).
How it works.
We start the class with a certain number of points... or money. (In my case, I give 4 points for a 90-minute class. This is a salary of sorts for doing their job (of being a respectable student) efficiently. Below, you will find a Reward Coupon Poster of prizes they could buy with the money they save up.
Money can be deducted for:
- Extended conversation in the students' L1 (native language)
- Too much talking during inappropriate times
- Disrespectful behavior
Make the prizes something they want. The prizes have to be something worth fighting for, and the next prize must be that much better.
Root for the students to win
Offer raises and bonuses for excellent work (but calculate the bonuses by percentage. 1 extra dollar is 25%)
Easter Egg Lessons
Basic Economics - They get to practice what it feels like to "earn" a currency that they can save up for something they want.
Teamwork - The students are all "co-workers" of a company. They are all on a team working towards a goal. They may have to delegate jobs or responsibilities if necessary. (treasurer, project manager, etc.)
Delayed Gratification - The students will have to wait and save for bigger and better prizes.
Get the money and the poster
Bank Reward System
REWARDS you can buy with your money
Class Dollars and Reward Coupons
Have more time.