Have Students Make Your Coffee…And Other Class Job Ideas

Have Students Make Your Coffee…And Other Class Job Ideas

Stop doing things in your classroom that your students can do. In this episode I share all of my classroom jobs and what you need to think through as you develop jobs in your own classroom. Class jobs in and of themselves have tremendous value in creating a positive classroom culture, building responsibility in students, and saving YOU time as the teacher. My classroom jobs are part of a larger classroom economy system. If you want to dive into how I do that, check out the course I created for teachers linked below: 'How to Teach Kids About Money' course…
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Your Money Problems Impact Your Teaching | Best Business Books To Influence Your Teaching

Your Money Problems Impact Your Teaching | Best Business Books To Influence Your Teaching

The third installment of my 'Best Business Books To Influence Your Teaching.' I explore the lessons I've learned from Dave Ramsey's 'The Total Money Makeover' and how it helped my wife and I get out of $120k of medical school debt. Additionally, I share how I've pulled some of the principles into the financial literacy lessons I teach in my classroom. ūüíį How We Paid $120,000 of Med School Loans in 4 Yearsūüíł 'Create & Manage A Classroom Economy' courseūüďėMy Books & Beef Jerky Instagram account https://youtu.be/xO7FUQmWj6U The other videos in this series: Student Motivation4 Hour [Teacher] Workweek Get the…
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3 Reasons You Should Start A Classroom Economy

3 Reasons You Should Start A Classroom Economy

Financial literacy is a hot topic in education. A classroom economy is a way for your students to have experiential learning when it comes to financial literacy. I share what exactly a classroom economy is and three reasons you should consider starting one in your class. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL9FMGltRvI RESOURCES Vanguards 'My Classroom Economy' Resources - myclassroomeconomy.org Thom's 'Create & Manage A Classroom Economy' course - thomgibson.com/classroomec...
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3 New Things I’m Trying This School Year

3 New Things I’m Trying This School Year

Hello all. This is my first written blog post in quite some time. Most of my posts have been sharing of all my other media (YouTube videos, podcasts, etc.) I'd like to spend a little more time on written work again this year. A few years ago I was blogging every week, sometimes reflecting on the week, other times just sharing thoughts about some topic in education. It's a different medium than video or audio as I found out when I was trying to think of video ideas a few months ago and I decided to look at some of…
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Collusion, Communism, and Catan…The Best Gamification of a Gov & Econ Class

Collusion, Communism, and Catan…The Best Gamification of a Gov & Econ Class

I got the chance to go into Mike Franz's high school gov & econ class when they were playing YOLO, a year-long game where one week of school represents one year of life. The first week of the game the students are 18 years old, the last week of the game they are near retirement age. What will they make of their society, of their economy, of their investments, of their world? We explore the following: - what the game looks like from beginning to middle to end - how Mike utilizes class jobs to stay organized and to have…
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Which Apps To Use In A Classroom Economy?

Which Apps To Use In A Classroom Economy?

In this video, I focus primarily on the banking systems and budgeting options for a classroom economy but also share a little bit of some of the other changes I made this year. Full Classroom Economy Resources - thomgibson.com/classroomeconomy  My Kids Bank - mykidsbank.org Bankaroo - bankaroo.com Good Budget - goodbudget.com My Classroom Economy - myclassroomeconomy.org EveryDollar - everydollar.com https://youtu.be/d2FYRSe5Ftg
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Auctions, Marketing, & Loyalty Programs in Middle School Math | The Thom Gibson Podcast Ep 1

Auctions, Marketing, & Loyalty Programs in Middle School Math | The Thom Gibson Podcast Ep 1

I wanted to start a podcast, so I did :)  Got inspired by a prompt that said 'record 10 minutes of audio from your class and reflect on it.' Think of it as being a fly on the wall in my classroom. In this episode we go into the classroom economy auction that we have every month. Students bid on items, start their own businesses, create loyalty programs, and more. You can find more of how I run my classroom economy at www.thomgibson.com/classroomeconomy Hope you dig it :)
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Post 10 – Big Babies in Class

This week's prompt: Photo of the week - take a picture of something that happened in class and tell us all about it. This is a photo during our second auction of the year.¬† I've been really impressed with the items that our auctioneers have been bringing; I've wanted to actually get some of the stuff.¬† This massive baby head wasn't cheap paper either, it was a durable foam. This year during auctions, my first two class periods brought up that they felt people should only be able to buy one auction item.¬† In the past, people with a lot…
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Post 03 – Programming Drones & Mathematical Properties

We're entering week 4 of school. ¬†This will be the first full, normal week so far. ¬†First day of week 1 was the odd first day schedule with assemblies and such, 2nd week had a 2-hr delay on Monday due to hurricane weather, and last week was labor day on Monday. ¬†Glad to start getting into a normal routine. ¬†But onto the reflection of last week. ROBOTICS & DRONING I spent most of my time last week reflecting on robotics. ¬†I was trying out doing some drone lessons where students program the drone to do stuff. ¬†Our first mission was…
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