I have used Homeworkopoly for four-five years. It does work well and is fun to use! Does it cure the late work issues? I would have to say no, it doesn't. It has little lasting
effect on those students who are chronically late. What it does do is help the middle-ground kids to be more accountable, and best of all, it rewards those kids who, no matter what, always do what is expected of them. All this time, I have tried to do it everyday. With the help of an aide, it is doable that way, but really, it is way too time consuming.
This year, I have decided to cut back to once a week.
Each time the students earn a reward, they fill out a const. paper square, listing the reward and their name on it. They lay the card on my desk to be initialed and dated. All no namers
are thrown away. As part of my welcome packet, each student gets a smilie pencil case (Oriental) to keep their Homeworkopoly cards in. The students are responsible for taking care of their cards. When they decide to use their reward, they hand me the card.
This is probably way more information than you wanted-sorry! Am hoping, though, that it may be helpful.
Chance and Community Lunchbox Cards
: Invite three friends to lunch with the teacher, eat in the classroom, have teacher call parents and tell what a great student you are, game time for you and 3 friends (computer or board), chew sugarless gum for the day, bring own snack, bring healthy drink, free book from the book order, free candy bar, read aloud to another class, share something with the class, be a game leader, choose a class job for the day, be first in line, extra couch potato day, sit by a friend, Popcorn Party for the class, Extra recess-can also be used when class loses recess, extra study time for the class, move your desk anywhere in the classroom, make a bulletin board, use the pencil sharpner whenever you want, go get a drink of water whenever you want, shoot hoops with a classroom helper, get an extra day on an assignment, no journal entry, test signing bonus, no name pass, invite a guest to dinner in the classroom (principal, parent, superintendent, another teacher, etc.), Advance to Go...all I can remember.
The kids, when asked, come up with great ones, too. OH, just remembered one of their favorites! Trade chairs with the teacher-I always make a big deal out of this, pretending that I just hate giving up my soft chair for the day! Truth is, I hardly sit down all day, anyway!!
*On rewards that involve a student earning a prize for the whole class, we all clap and cheer for that student to show appreciation.
: I run off 15 different, progessively harder ones and keep in a file. They get a life saver when they've solved it.
Draw out of the prize box.
I have cards made up for this reward, but it is really only good for a half an assignment, odds or evens. As each lesson builds on another, I am just not comfortable letting them skip an assignment, entirely.
Take a Seat on the Bus:
Students go to On the Bus. They pass Go, and they get a card to sit by a friend for a day.
Extra Couch Potato day. I have a couch in my room and on the day when they are Couch Potatoes, they get to sit there for work time and if we watch a movie.
I use a smiley theme in my room, so I purchase items from Oriental for my rewards for passing GO. I keep a chart of how many times they each pass GO-but don't display it. Each time they pass GO, the prize gets a little bit better.
1st time is a smiley tatoo, 2nd is a smiley eraser, 3rd is a smiley pencil, etc. So far, the kids have thought it was cool. Guess, they feel a sense of accomplishment-and competition!- as they get to each succeeding level of prizes.
I also randomly give extra rolls for things like exceptional behavior, a compliment from another staff member, returning papers signed in a timely manner, etc.