Welcome to Eberopolis!
Students in my homeroom are considered citizens of Eberopolis, our little city within the 4/5 Academy. This city helps guide several of the important tasks within our classroom. Our first day of school, students experience democracy in action through our own constitutional convention where we discuss some basic rights and responsibilities within the classroom and draft our classroom constitution. The classroom constitution guides our behavior throughout the year and is open to amendment as necessary. All amendments, however, will require two-thirds of the class' vote. The text of our classroom constitution will be posted here as soon as it's ratified.
Everyone works together in Eberopolis. Here you can learn about some features of our classroom such as our rotating classroom jobs and our class economy.
Students are expected to contribute to our learning environment by completing different jobs each term. Students apply for jobs and are assigned tasks that they will carry out for six weeks. Examples of class jobs include:
All citizens of Eberopolis learn about money management and economics through our class economy. Starting the first week of school, all students earn a weekly base salary of $100 in Eberopolis Money for the work they do in our classroom community. From this salary, students are expected to pay the following:
Examples of choices that will incur fines include:
On special Eberopolis Fridays, a student who has completed all classwork and homework for the week will be selected to be the teller at the Eberopolis Bank and Trust. That student will issue requested withdrawals from student accounts. Of course, students can decide to leave their money in savings, in which case, they won't go shopping that week. They'll have more money later, however. Since several desirable items at the Eberopolis General Store (EGS) are a bit pricey, students are encouraged to learn to save their money rather than spend all of it as soon as they get it.
Two students with no missing assignments are chosen to be cashiers at the EGS, which opens briefly every two weeks. At the EGS, students can buy school supplies, art supplies, journals, books, trading cards, snacks, and games. As students shop, they record and total their spending on a shopping log which details the item, quantity, and price of each purchase. This log functions as a receipt and is double-checked by the cashiers.
A final important part of our class economy is the job of our class economist. Every other week, one or two students will have the job of compiling the receipts from the EGS and recording data from these receipts into a spreadsheet. The class economist will look at how much money was spent, what items had the highest and lowest demand, and how pricing patterns affect consumer choices. The economist will use this information to create graphs and explain these findings to the rest of the class at a class meeting. From this information, we will determine how we need to adjust supply or pricing to encourage more sales at the EGS.