Throughout the year, SVC 6th graders learn about economics by earning credits and debits while maintaining a class bank and store. Sixth grade teacher Leslie Waggoner introduced “My Classroom Economy” to her class three years ago and has been thrilled with the results. “In essence, we create a ‘microeconomy’ within the classroom. Students earn money for performing jobs like being the class messenger or being the prayer leader. On the expense side, they pay money for things like desk rental and special privileges. So they gain an understanding of how to budget, the benefits of saving money, and the realities of decisions about how they spend their money.”
In light of the program’s success in Mrs. Waggoner’s class, other Elementary teachers have implemented My Classroom Economy into their teaching, tailoring the program to be grade-appropriate.
“Implementing innovative, supplemental programs like My Classroom Economy takes a lot of time and effort,” said Head of School, Mr. Streelman. “It’s doing things like this — going that extra mile — that makes SVC teachers so remarkable. They are wholly committed to making their students’ learning experience the best it can possibly be.”