Lesson 2: What does a token economy look like in practice?

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Lesson 2: What does a token economy look like in practice?

Introduction: In the last lesson, you read two articles on the theory of the token economy. In this lesson you will read about one teacher's experience with the token economy in her classroom. You will also watch two short video clips that share two other experiences using the token economy in the classroom. As you go through this lesson, take notes in your learning journal about what aspects of each experience you find useful to you in your own plan. Comment on ideas you may want to explore further.


Objectives: By the end of this lesson participants will be able to...

1. Compare two examples of the uses of the token economy in the classroom after reading an article and watching two short video clips
2. Analyze the needs of their classroom based on age and resources
3. Identify two examples of "tokens"that can be used in the classroom

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Question Before You Read: Assess your classroom needs. What is the age of your students? What type of "token" do you think they will respond well to? (i.e. classroom cash, stickers, etc.)


Assignment: Click on the external links below to read the article and watch two short video clips. Answer each thought question in your learning journal.
Article 1:
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top-teaching/2013/10/kickin’-class-jobs-notch-classroom-economy-action
Questions:
1. What aspects of the token economy in the writer's classroom stood out to you?
2. Look at the different sources to move the token economy into the 21st century (i.e. Class Dojo, My Kids Bank). Examine the technological capabilities of your classroom. What are some of the advantages/disadvantages of using technology to control your classroom economy?

Video 1:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmZGhbH5eX4

Questions:
1. In this video, the teacher uses "cash" as a token. What are the advantages/disadvantages of this model?
2. How do you feel this tactic works in motivating upper level students?

Video 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf4H9faecEo

Questions:
1. In this video, the teacher uses food as reward for positive behavior. What are the advantages/disadvantages of this model?
2. Do you feel this tactic could work in motivating upper level students?

Learning Journal: In your learning journal write responses to the seven questions asked in the lesson and the assignment. Also, reflect on other ideas you have learned throughout this lesson. Are you planning on implementing technology into your design? What are two tokens you may use? What do you feel could best motivate your individual students?

Resources:
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top-teaching/2013/10/kickin’-class-jobs-notch-classroom-economy-action
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmZGhbH5eX4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf4H9faecEo

Once you are done with your reflection, you will now begin to design the plan for your own token economy as you move on to the next unit:
Unit 2: How can I design, implement, and modify a token economy in my classroom?