Teach Financial Literacy with Final Fridays
Keeping your students engaged all year long is a daunting task. And, while student rewards are essential to motivate positive behavior in the classroom, sometimes a weekly reward system isn’t an option. Please allow me to introduce Final Fridays!
Final Fridays are events hosted once a month by grade levels or whole schools. Students must earn enough points over the month to purchase a ticket to attend the event.
Final Fridays help teach financial literacy by encouraging students to save their points over time.
When students choose to save up and attend a Final Friday, they see how hard work slowly builds into something great.
We checked in with LiveSchool User Emily Gilbride, an Education Consultant with Seton Partners at Saint Joseph Catholic School in Cincinnati, OH. Emily is a Teach for America alum working with Saint Joseph teachers and spearheaded a LiveSchool pilot at the school. She is also a Final Friday guru.
When she first arrived at Saint Joseph’s, the school was using a paper system to track behavior and rewards. With a little Google research, Emily found LiveSchool and streamlined Saint Joseph’s token economy, allowing teachers to track points and rewards all in one app.
Now, Emily and her teachers can focus on the important work, like teaching their scholars positive character traits and habits before they enter high school.
“We are trying to teach important life skills like how to earn and save over time.”
On the final Friday of each month, Saint Joseph’s hosts a party for their scholars. Those who do not earn enough points to attend stay back in a study hall with a volunteer teacher. Everyone else gets a chance to play, sing, and hang out with their friends depending on the theme. Emily markets these events with posters and, “If I forget, one of our students is fast to remind me that I need to plan Final Friday.” Clearly the students of Saint Josephs are invested!
Get Final Friday ideas from Emily’s Final Friday Calendar below and download the Announcement she sends home to parents here!
To learn more about the work of Seton Partners visit their website at www.setonpartners.org.