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I found that this product was EXTREMELY useful in my classroom! I first employed it because I found students were not managing their ‘out of classroom’ time effectively, and were often forgetting items in their lockers and going to the washroom during valuable learning time. This program is extremely flexible, but the following is an explanation of how I employed it.
On Monday, I hand out one hallway dollar for each day of the week. Typically this meant 5 dollars per week, but if there were a day off or a holiday during the week, they would not get a dollar.
If they needed to leave the classroom for any reason during class time (barring situations out of their control), they needed to pay me a hallway dollar. This includes gym time and assemblies as well! At the end of each week, students would pull out their remaining dollars, and could buy items from the Hallway Dollar Store.
Students really enjoyed this, and I believe could work for all ages. I currently teach grade 7, however I have used similar programs with high school students and have seen success.
What I noticed:
The first week or two was challenging. Students weren’t used to these restrictions, so I collected a lot of hallway dollars. I had a lot of students try to bargain with me, but for this system to work, you must stay firm.
After a few weeks, I noticed the vast majority of my students had adapted to the program, were using their break times more effectively, and were coming to class prepared.