The Treasure Hunter

A blog by Joanne Yatvin

on September 2, 2019

One time I was promoted from being a classroom teacher to becoming a school principal for a large group of young children in a busy school and it was my first good success was getting teachers to implement their new doing for improving the quality of there school and the learning of its students. The first thing I remember doing came from a teacher who wanted to create a school store in an empty classroom. She wanted make it a store where children could sell items they thad made to other children and their teachers.

Our plan was that the store would open for business one day every week during the noon hour when all children had time outside there classrooms and were able to visit the new store. . Because it was popular the children had to line up in the hallway outside. Because many children wanted to get into the store tat the same time. one teacher had to persuade some of the mto play outside for a whiled then come in to the store.he room where things were sold. Wenl there was room enough for children to enter the shop and look around inside.

The store had two large tables displaying the products that had ben developed. Only one student guided the students who wanted to shop, while another one stood at the doorway to take mony from them. e items selected. the teacher who created the store was on hand to assist if any problems occurred.

All the items for sale had been created by the children working at home and then approved by their school teachers The most popular items turned out to be greeting cards, worden games, decorative magnets, sculptured jewelry, embroidered handkerchiefs, and painted stones because most shoppers were more interested in decorative items than useful ones.

When the store closed for the day, its workers and the teacher counted the money that was received, and brought it to the school office. Later those funds were given to the students who made the items sold. There were small differences in how much munny a students received, based on the size and quality of their products.

A good school project is a positive addition in any school and it should be allowed. Although good classroom teaching is the most important element of a school, an additional work outside the classroom that is fun– and educational– is also of great value.

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