Sunday, September 30, 2012

Stickers - An Economy In Our Classroom



sticker classroom economy



I had wanted to implement an economy rewards system in my classroom, but most ideas I found seemed like a lot of work to me.  Like most teachers, my plate is overflowing already, so I wanted to make it simple.  It finally hit me one day - stickers! I LOVED getting stickers as a kid, but my kiddos love them even more because each one is worth $1 in our classroom economy.


Each student has a small notebook like this:

zebra mini notebook

Whenever the student turns in an assignment, answers a "stretchy" question, or is "caught being good" I give them a sticker to put in their book.

At the end of the month we have a mini-store with various prizes (books, pencils, erasers, etc.) and they can "spend" their stickers.  I simply use a sharpie to cross them out as they spend them.


sticker classroom economy


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22 comments:

  1. Great classroom economy idea! Love the simplicity of it :)
    Erin
    http://adventuresinthirdgrade-brown.blogspot.com/

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  2. What a good idea! I have so many stickers and now I have a way to use them in the classroom :)

    Sara
    Miss V's Busy Bees

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  3. I LOVE this idea! How do you place a value on the things they can purchase with their stickers?

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    1. We count each sticker as a dollar basically and then the items are priced between $5 and $300. I generally set the price at $1 per penny for what I pay for things - so a $300 item cost $3.00. If it is prize like a homework pass or sitting in a bean bag chair it might be $10 or $20.

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  4. Hi!! This is a good idea because I work After school as a group leader..

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  5. Do the children ever cheat bringing stickers from home?

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    1. I have never had a student cheat that way. I usually buy the stickers in the packages that you can only find at teacher supply stores or office supply stores. I also keep track of which types of stickers I use.

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  7. Love this idea...simply and easy to manage! It's a win-win!

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  8. Where did you get the bulk animal print memo pads? Thank you!!!

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    1. I got them at Amazon http://amzn.to/2tVBLHj (affiliate link)

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  9. I have done this for over 30 years. I have used this from grades 2 through 10. If kids are not participating, and I pick up the stickers suddenly every hand is up. If peeps are talking out, I say good answer, sorry, I can't give you a sticker...My prizes are valued from 10~ 50 stickers. Kids love it!

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  10. You did this with high school? What types of things were they able to "buy", and how did you pay for them?

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  11. I teach 4th grade, but another teacher left a comment that she used a similar system for 10th graders. They are able to buy small things such as pencils, pens, etc. I pay for the items myself. Hope that helps!

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  12. Do you take away stickers for them not following expectations? Also have many students do you have?

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  13. I personally do not take stickers away for misbehavior, but that is a personal choice. My class size is usually right around 24.

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    1. Thank you for the quick response. I really like this idea and it seems simple!!! This year I have 34 students and I am trying to figure out what will be the best tool to manage all those bodies. In the years past, I have used classdojo but I know it won't be as affective this year especially since I don't have the app on my phone.

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  14. I think this idea is brilliant! I wish my teachers did this when I grew up. I would be so much more fun and rewarding to participate

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  15. I have been using a classroom economy system for the past 30 years and do something very similar. I use gold nuggets (laminated squares of yellow paper with 40 nuggets per sheet). Children vote on whether they'd like to try an economy system in Sept. (they always say yes but it is about them buying in). Then they earn nuggets based on behaviour, returning notices or homework, doing their classroom jobs, etc. to buy items at our class store. It seriously is the easiest management system ever. I do take nuggets away too (forgetting their book bags, don't do homework, poor behaviour, etc.) They get paid every Friday and we have our store every other week. The cashier, store clerk and classroom economist run the store. I have used it with grades 1 through 7. Kids love it! I love it!

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