Behavior in the Classroom: Token Systems

Hello Teachers!

Welcome back from your Labor Day weekend.  I hope all of you enjoyed the long weekend.  By now most of you are one week or more into your school year, and some of you are just starting.  Regardless, I think we would all agree that a peaceful classroom is a happy classroom.  I would like to encourage my color system people to take a look at the potential of a token system with your kiddos.  This is good for 2 reasons:

1) Less work for you keeping track of who is on what color
2) Children taking more personal responsibility for their behavior

The beauty of using a token system is that you have multiple options for giving or taking away.  Students in Pam’s class have to receive 10 Quality Quentin dollars in order to visit her prize bin.

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Students have to keep track of these dollars on their own and do not get replacements if they are lost.  This gives your kiddos a first look into the world of personal finances.  Also, when a child has to give up a Quentin Dollar for bad behavior, the experience has a more concrete effect.  Children also get to explore early math concepts because they will count to see how many more Quentin Dollars they need to go to the prize box.
There was one girl who wanted to get something for her brother’s birthday and it was the end of the week.  Pam offered to give the girl a loan until she could earn the rest of her dollars.  She was able to explain to this girl how the bank gives loans thst people have to pay back.

The kids love having “money” and it teaches them a lot about basic economics.  
Hope King does a really cute token system involving keys.  You may not be able to do trips with your kiddos, but you could modify the system to include prizes or privledges.
This article from The Autism Helper talks more in depth about token systems and how to apply them effectively.
So, what do you think?  Do you agree with the token system, or disagree?  What works in your classroom?  
Have a great rest of your week!

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