Thom is a middle school teacher in downtown Austin teaching really fun courses. In this episode, we talk all about the importance of teaching our students real-life lessons and how to implement a middle school classroom economy.
Y’all know I LOVE a good classroom economy! It’s what I researched in grad school and implemented in my elementary classroom all six years of teaching.
So when Thom and I connected via Instagram, I knew talking classroom economy stuff would be so much fun for the both of us.
We start out the episode hearing all about how Thom manages to be a husband, a teacher, an online entrepreneur, runner, and creative. He also tells us about the courses he teaches in his downtown Austin private school.
Despite my education experience only being in the elementary public school space, I was really inspired and motivated by some of the creative ways he involves his students in the learning process.
Ways to Implement a Middle School Classroom Economy
I’ve talked a lot about how to implement a classroom economy in the elementary grades as well as a way to manage behavior. But Thom tells us all about how to implement a middle school classroom economy.
Thom shares about how he manages classroom jobs, paying students, class auctions, buying houses (aka, desks!), paying rent and all the other things that go into his middle school classroom economy.
If you are looking to implement your own classroom economy, Thom has a course to teach you how to do just that! And the first four lessons are free which is a great way to dip your toes in and learn about the structure of it.
You can also read about how I implemented a classroom economy in my elementary classroom for ideas for the younger kiddos.
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