Randy's Token Economy System Mini-Course

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Overview and Purpose

The ability to manage classroom behavior is one of the top concerns for every new teacher and can often lead to a teacher quitting after their first year teaching. Poor classroom management can also hinder learning. If a teacher is unable to manage a classroom, it is almost certain that nothing they’re going to do will be successful. What if teachers could create a system that provides rewards to students who engage in desired classroom behavior? Teachers can better manage their classrooms by implementing a classroom token economy.

Needs Assessment

KASI

Knowledge:

  • Strong understanding of the content
  • How to steps for starting a token economy system
  • Token economy system best practices
  • How to navigate the Internet and view YouTube videos

Attitudes:

  • Believe that token economy system is an effective form of classroom management
  • Believe that token-economy improves students learning and behavior

Skills:

  • Ability to analyze videos for effectiveness
  • Ability to create student jobs and identify positive reinforcement rewards
  • Ability to create an action plan prior to implementation

Interpersonal Skills:

  • Effective at providing peer feedback and constructive criticism

Performance Objectives

Participants will be able to...

  • Identify the purpose of a token economy system and seven reasons for using the system
  • Make connections between the world economy and the classroom token economy system
  • Compare and contrast different token economy systems and evaluate the use of each after watching short video clips and completing a venn diagram
  • Identify at least 3 negative behaviors exhibited by learners and 3 desired behaviors instructors wish to see in the classroom after careful analysis
  • Design and implement an action plan for introducing and incorporating a token economy system in the classroom
  • Monitor student progress, adjust the token economy system to better meet needs of learners, and reflect on their implementation and success in achieving system goals

Course Units

Unit 1: What is the theory and practice behind the token economy system? What does it look like?

Lesson 1: Token Economy System in Theory
Objectives: By the end of this lesson participants will be able to...
  • Identify two specific uses of the token economy system in the classroom
  • Analyze the purpose of the token economy system by answering response questions based on three articles
  • Make connections between the world economy and the classroom token economy system
  • Identify three common problems with the token economy system in the classroom and reflect on how you might overcome them
  • Identify the seven elements of a token economy system
  • Identify at lest one way to use the token economy system to meet the needs of your classroom and learners
Lesson 2: Token Economy in Practice
Objectives: By the end of this lesson participants will be able to...
  • Compare and contrast examples of the uses of the token economy in a venn diagram after watching four short videos
  • Identify two types of “tokens” that can be used in the classroom

Unit 2: How can I design, implement, and modify my own token economy system?

Lesson 1: Designing an Effective Token Economy System
Objectives: By the end of this lesson participants will be able to…
  • Conduct a basic needs assessment
  • Generate a list of at least 3 negative behaviors exhibited by learners and at least 3 desired behaviors you wish to see in the classroom.
  • Create an action plan for implementing a classroom token economy system.
Lesson 2: Implementing a Token Economy System
Objectives: By the end of this lesson participants will be able to…
  • Create their token economy by completing the action plan template and a final outline letter to parents
  • Make at least one modification to meet the needs of their individual learners
  • Reflect on the implementation of their token economy system