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Inspiring Kids to LearnDenise A Soares, James Payne and Walter Cegelka

Inspiring Kids to Learn

The Token Economy Playbook (First Edition)
by Denise A. Soares, Walter J. Cegelka, and James S. Payne

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-63487-653-7, 198 pages


Inspiring Kids to Learn: The Token Economy Playbook helps teachers develop programs that inspire students to learn. Teachers learn how to help students focus their attention, minimize discipline issues, and build a classroom culture that leads to self-actualization.

The text explains what constitutes a successful token economy, how to establish one in the classroom, and how to transition it to a currency-based system. Readers study a day-by-day plan for setting up goods, services, and banking in a classroom system. They gain strategies for keeping the economy on track, and lastly they come to recognize the levels of student development that naturally occur when a currency-based system is implemented.

The book effectively combines the developmental and directive approaches to teaching children. A complete guide to everything professionals need to know to build an education engine, fire it up, and help children learn, achieve, and grow, Inspiring Kids to Learn: The Token Economy Playbook can be used in courses on education, teacher education, and educational psychology.

Denise A. Soares earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology at Texas A&M University, College Station. She is the assistant chair for the Department of Teacher Education, an assistant professor of special education, and the special education program coordinator at the University of Mississippi.
James S. Payne earned his Ed.D. at the University of Kansas and currently serves as professor of special education of the University of Mississippi. He is also a Fulbright scholar and best-selling author.
Walter J. Cegelka holds his Ed.D. from Syracuse University and is a professor of special education at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens. He has also served as a consultant to the President's Committee on Mental Retardation.