Here are a few tips on how to structure a school-wide economy so that it is easy for teachers and engaging for students!
Tip #1: Use the admin account to run your school store, paychecks, and bills.
Now, the only thing teachers are responsible for are sending bonuses! 🎉
Store: Add school store items under the admin account, such as tickets to the quarterly celebration or school swag. Teachers can then customize their own classroom store with class specific items, such as sit in the teacher's chair for the day, or homework passes, however this is optional.
Jobs: Hire every student as a "Student" (as this is their main job of course) so that everyone receives a paycheck. Individual teachers can then add jobs to their classroom if they'd like, such as attendance monitor, however this is optional.
Bills: Use the admin account to send school-wide bills, like rent and utilities. This way, teacher's don't have to worry about it!
✨Pro tip: Utilize school jobs, such as School Council, to increase student responsibility and leadership opportunities! These can all be run through the admin account.
Tip #2: Start out small.
ClassEquity is completely customizable, so don't feel like you need to jump into all economy features at once! The meat and potatoes of ClassEquity are bonuses and the store, so if your school would prefer to start with just those two components, then feel free to skip jobs and bills altogether! (Although see above for an easy way to incorporate them).
On top of your school-wide settings, teachers have the option to include individual classroom store items and jobs if they'd like. However, if they are new to the classroom economy system, encourage teachers to start out small and just focus on sending bonuses! Once teachers master the positive reinforcement routine, they can then add on to their economy when they are ready.
Tip #3: Norm on bonuses.
Align your bonuses to team or school-wide values so that students have consistent expectations and structure across classrooms. On top of providing students clear expectations, norming on bonuses also helps collect data on student behavior. With our customized school analytics, you can make better data-driven decisions to support your students and improve school culture!