This quote has stuck with me every day since I saw him live at a conference near where I teach. It has changed the way that I think about this very important concept that I feel is so important of building a healthy classroom community.
If you've been following my posts, you know that I have a classroom token economy system, and have been doing it for 18 years. We use "fake" classroom money once they get jobs, and the students can spend it accordingly (or even save it, or give it away to a good classroom cause).
One job that I always just did myself, was to be in charge of the "money."
It's probably because I didn't fully trust my students with it.
Once I heard Rafe speak, and really thought about it, I basically went "all in" and made the jump to really trust the students by having THEM in charge of all the money… from being bankers, to making change, to being store managers, etc.
This also freed me up from being the "gatekeeper" of the money… and let me focus on my job of being a … "Classroom Teacher."
Now, I had to hire the students that were strong in that area initially (and through numerous teachings of the process)… but learned that I could make the ultimate hire of hiring my "stealer" (see previous post)…that's right… I needed to back up my words of "I forgive you" and put them in a position … that might not have been initially in their best interests.
Do YOU think that I trust my students MORE now? You bet I do.
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