THE BUCK STOPS HERE.
We decided that that was a fitting title for this lesson. We said that means, "no excuses and that you need to take responsibility for yourself and your behaviors". That is why we made the Social Skills BUCK!
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Our social skills class has been working hard all year on increasing our awareness of our behaviors, owning and fixing our behaviors, and trying to increase our overall accountability to others and how we affect them. So this month we decided it was time to start social skills bucks. The students get paid $15 in social skills bucks every Monday for doing their job, as a student. Then throughout the week they lose bucks as they self-report or others report on their behavior choices. We decided for this month that the students could not earn any more because we wanted them to see that behavior choices have consequences. We told them that maybe next month we would be able to add to their bank accounts for exceptional choices.
On Fridays we open up the Social Skills Store. The student with the most money at the end of the week gets to start shopping first. They can also choose to not spend their money and put it in their Social Skills Savings Account for the end of the year. Once they decide how much money they are going to spend at the store, they put all of the leftover money in their savings account. They cannot take that money out until the end of the year. They also have to keep ledgers for their savings account.
Some students end the week with all fifteen of their Social Skills Bucks; some end the week with zero bucks in their checking account. This makes for a long Friday for them.