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WIS Class Act: Fairfield Intermediate School

Published: Dec. 3, 2003 at 8:13 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 5, 2004 at 1:19 PM EST
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(Columbia) Dec. 3, 2003 - One Fairfield Intermediate School teacher motivates her students with play money that they can spend in a class store.  She has spent her own money to provide her students with prizes, but she needs donations to keep the class store going.

Wednesday was Quakentric Pendergrass's lucky day. His teacher, Tawanna Alexander-Coleman, told the class, "I really like the way Quakentric opened his book. For doing so good, he's going to get 10 cents."

Sure, Quakentric's reward is pretend money, and he can only spend it at the pretend class store, but Alexander-Coleman says it's a real way to teach responsibility, "I use it as an incentive to stay on task, to encourage others to stay on task, and it really works well."

According to testimony from Kayla, the plan is paying off, "I really do like it, though. That's why I sometimes be good."

And, because her students are so good, Alexander-Coleman spends her own money to keep them excited about learning. She says the tally is $500 so far this year, "I want my students to be the best students they could possibly be. If it takes my money, then it's worth it."

But at some point, she realizes, the money will run out. So, she's asking for donations of things kids will like: erasers, notebooks and, as Ryan suggests, "Pencils. We need a lot of pencils, especially me," to keep the young writers going.

Because, according to Randall Adams, they have a lot to live up to, "I think this class is smart, and I think we are the best class in the whole world."

by Heather Brown

posted 3:32pm by Chris Rees