Scholar Dollars: Scholar Dollars

 
 
 
Scholar Dollars
Teacher In Action
 
 
Teacher In Action
 
 
 
Routines and Procedures

Scholar Dollars

Keeping students motivated is very important in a self-paced course. Scholar Dollars is a strategy I developed to reward my students for working hard and making progress in the course. The concept of Scholar Dollars is pretty simple. Every time a student passes a Mastery Quiz, they receive five Scholar Dollars. Students receive 15 Scholar Dollars for passing a Level Test. Scholar Dollars can be used to buy school supplies, snacks, or even a pizza party. On random days, I switch up the payouts on Scholar Dollars - doubling the amount given, only paying for 100s on Mastery Quizzes or Level Tests, or giving all the Scholar Dollars earned on that day to one lucky student picked by lottery at the end of class.  

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Teacher In Action
 
 
 
Poster
 
 
This is the price list posted on the doors of the Scholar Store. The prices are based on the unit price of each item when I buy them from Costco. To make sure I am not investing my full paycheck in the scholar store, I try to make 10 cents = five Scholar Dollars. I subsidize healthier items, such as granola bars, but no one seems to want them.
 
Teacher In Action
 
 
Poster
 
 
This is the price list posted on the doors of the Scholar Store. The prices are based on the unit price of each item when I buy them from Costco. To make sure I am not investing my full paycheck in the scholar store, I try to make 10 cents = five Scholar Dollars. I subsidize healthier items, such as granola bars, but no one seems to want them.
Benjamin Siegel
New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities II
Bronx, NY


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Tenth grade
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