Not necessities, but I love incorporating the following (the students do, too):
- Responsive Classroom’s strategy of “quiet time” or “downtime”. I called it “Wind-down Time.”
- I liked this a lot. It makes sense to have some time to calm down and allow your brain to be ready to transition to the next activity.
- Classroom Economy suggestions by Laura Candler
- Students wrote job applications every quarter and updated their balance sheets weekly (or more for separate transactions).
- I did a mini-auction at the end-of-the-quarter for prizes that didn’t require any money. (50 Classroom Reward Ideas That Don’t Cost A Lot of Money by Little Campers)
- The class had a “bigger” auction during the last week of school.
- This helps the class understand the social studies terms of “debt”, “savings”, and “credit”.
- I used the app KidsBank that automatically updated weekly payments and helped me keep track of everyone’s balance.