My class is a business

So here’s my plan…Starting sometime, maybe for the 3rd quarter (look, just enough time to get momentum then be shooed away!) but probably for my eventual permanent classroom, I will run each of the classes as businesses.  Students are employees.  On the last page of each test/quiz I will have this check

Oh yeah — the points they earn will be their pay.  Maybe they’ll get a bonus for volunteering in class, or a bonus if the group does well.  Maybe if they help out enough and are good classroom employees, they’ll get a raise…who knows.  And who knows what they can buy with their money — maybe homework passes insurance.  Do I introduce them to pre-tax deductions?  You earned a gross of $100 (a dollar is a percent? — this is the amount that goes into the gradebook).  Because you’re in the highest earning tier, you are taxed the most.  Unless you invest in a … 401(k) … and lower your taxable income?  Hmmm I could really get involved with this.  You can buy failure insurance…you’re only allowed to retake a test if you pay a certain amount each month?!  Sweet!  I may be on to something…

And because my students will presumably be minors, the parents must sign it to deposit it into the account (gradebook).  I don’t know the rest of the details yet, but I’m thinking I will have stock for each class, and the employees (students) can opt into buying stock in the class or diversifying into a a mutual fund of all the classes.  They’ll have to pay rent for their seats, and they’ll only get so much vacation time per quarter (bathroom/water fountain etc…)  I don’t know how complicated I want to get with it, but I like the general idea.  Any thoughts, let me know.  I’ll be tweaking it as the time comes.  The good news is, I won’t be starting it for a while, so I’ve got plenty of time to think!

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About Mr. T

Well, I'm interested in math. Teaching it, learning it, describing it, living it. Creating it. Most importantly (to me) is helping others appreciate it as much as I do.
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