On the first day, I explained I would be handing out pennies throughout the day for students who worked hard/participated (effort), made achievements (good results), and cooperated with others. The box was meant to collect pennies. At the end of each week, they would be able to spend their collected pennies at the treat store that I would run. The prices of the treats, a candy, a piece of gum, or chocolate would reflect how good the class was as a whole. If we had a great week then prices would be low. Today the candy incentives would not be allowed however, it could be replaced with stickers or some other inexpensive craft or dollar store item.
Critical to the success of this step is that I had to be diligent in rewarding good behaviour and accomplishments. I walked around with pennies in my pocket and diligently handed them out throughout the day. It let the students know that the class was one of abundance and not rooted in critique, intimidation, and fear. Some might argue bribery, but if you are sincere, fair, and honest the children will be embracing.
This penny incentive treat Friday program continued to Halloween. On Halloween, there was the ultimate final treat store which marked the end of the penny program with a Halloween party.