Posted Date: 10/01/2018
Students at Hempstead Elementary had their first opportunity to shop at the Bobcat Bucks Store on Friday, September 21. To purchase items, students had to make a withdrawal from their Bobcat Bucks Savings Account based on the Bobcat Bucks they had earned to date.
“Not only are we reinforcing positive behavior but it is also a Math lesson entailing counting and knowing the value of money,” said HES Principal Samantha Mullens.
Bobcat Bucks are part of the Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) that is in full swing at Hempstead Elementary to recognize students who demonstrate positive behavior.
The PBIS initiative encourages students to model positive behaviors and by doing so, they are awarded Bobcat Bucks. Teachers and administrators can issue Bobcat Bucks to students any time they are caught in a positive act which can range from returning homework, cleaning up, or helping someone to making a positive choice to change a behavior around.
Students turn the bucks they earn into their home room teacher each day. The teacher in turn records the amount of “money” (Bobcat Bucks) in their “bank account” (HES Positive Behavior Bank savings book).
During lunch on Fridays that the Bobcat Bucks Store is open, students are able to use the money they have earned to purchase items that range anywhere from $1 to $1,000.
In addition to reinforcing positive behavior, the Bobcat Bucks Store also works to reinforce several TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) for Mathematics, including personal financial literacy. Students make deposits with the bucks they earn and make withdrawals for the items they purchase. They also learn the value of spending their money as they earn it or saving their money to make a larger purchase in the future.
Ultimately, the goal is to encourage students to follow the 3 B’s (Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful) and to replace negative behaviors with positive behaviors each and every day.
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