Midway through last year, I was thinking about how I wanted to shift this year to having a classroom economy. Even better, I heard about: http://myclassroomeconomy.org/home.html , which pretty much will send out all the main materials out to you pre-copied, on colored paper, etc..., so you just have to cut / organize it. To be fair, part of these thoughts might stem from the fact that we're a week out and I haven't prepped any of it...but holistically, I just feel like it'd take on a mind of its own, would take focus away from the main goals and messages in the classroom that I'm driving, not to mention some of the instructional time / my own focus on student learning. I'm thinking more and more that I'd prefer to have a common sense / authentic kind of situation where if we've been having an absolutely fantastic week, then we make the decision to go and play an extra game of kickball. Alternatively, if we're having a rough couple days, perhaps we take a block of time, and have a class discussion around why that's happening...or have a small group discussion with a group of kids who have been off-task a ton and come up with strategies together. Each of the past couple years, I've somewhat used a "point" system or tickets in a few different ways...accumulating as a class and sometimes as individuals, where we'd then use it to play our class game or have some choice time...or they'd be able to get something from a prize box or use my teacher's chair... but I always felt like it didn't make too much of a difference in behavior, and throughout the year, it became either less effective or took on the mind of its own and morphed a bit. Another thought is in terms of evaluations: I'd worry that not having any specific system (even if there's the more holistic one happening) might not look that good. Am I wrong for thinking this, or going in with no specific "economy"? Should I still use something but have it extremely pared down?