I am changing things up a bit. Originally I was planning on talking this week all about the economic system I use in my classroom, but I realized before I talk about that I need to talk about my classroom jobs. I started writing about the economic system and then all the sudden 300+ words in and I had only talked about my classroom jobs. So I decided that they merited their own blog post.
I am just going to dive right in because that’s the easiest way to talk about this.
As I talked about in my post on student routines, this classroom is OUR classroom. And really, at the end of the day, they are the ones
trashing using it, so I want them to be the ones being responsible for it. Each of my students have a classroom job. I have managed this different ways over the years.
- This was how I started out. Each job had an envelope with a job description in it. Each student also had a stick with their name (although I would recommend using numbers if possible, so you can reuse them) and a red and green jewel (or sticker or dot). This way they could flip it to “green” when they did their job.
- A teacher I work with uses a similar system to the first one.
- Now I use a clip system with job titles posted and a clip with their number to indicate their classroom job.
I have your standard jobs like “line leader,” “caboose,” “electrician,” etc. But I also have some other jobs. Here is a quick list of a few unique jobs and their duties:
Technologist– Make sure iPads and computers are put away properly at end of day
Mail Person– Puts graded papers in student mailboxes
Librarian– Organize library at end of day
Paper Organizer– Organize all papers in turn in baskets so they are facing the right direction, like papers together,etc.
Board Eraser– Erase board, change date, and change Team Captain/Daily Helper for next day
Attendance Clerk– Move clips from “present” back to “absent” for the next morning
Daily 5 Manager– Move literacy station cards for stations next day
Language of the Day Captain– (part of Dual Language Program) Change LOD sign and add one word to Spanish word wall from class discussion that day
Some other great jobs I have heard of:
Chair Stacker– Self explanatory
Caddy Organizer– Clean out caddies at end of day
Station Captain– Make sure that all stations are put away correctly
Job Application Process
Currently I use picture #3 to manage my classroom jobs. I got them from TPT. Each student has a clip with their number on it that is clipped onto the job they have that week. I rotate jobs every two weeks.
In my beginning years, I allowed students to apply for jobs. I really liked giving them that ownership and I think they enjoyed applying. But, because of the complications I encountered when joining the Dual Language Program, I decided to abandon ship and now I just rotate the clips down every two weeks.
I definitely don’t think there is anything wrong with assigning kids jobs based on a rotation. I just would prefer to allow them the chance to practice applying for and having some sort of say in their job.
When I did allow students to apply for jobs, I would have them fill out an application every two weeks. Then I would read their applications and pick jobs according to their requests, their strengths, and their previous jobs. I tried to give every kid a chance to do every job.
This little spread sheet helped me keep track of the kids jobs. I would just write in the date that they had that particular job. This way I was able to avoid giving students the same job over and over. I was also able to easily see who hadn’t had a job recently. (I have not always had enough jobs for students).
Students perform their job at the end of every day. Or some of them do them multiple times throughout the day. The students do get paid for their classroom job. I will talk more about that in my post next week.
A good friend that I teach with always asked me how my room was so clean at the end of the day. I told her it was because I have my kids take care of it before they leave. A few weeks ago she decided to try this. She gave each of her kids an “end of day job” to do before leaving. They bought into this and they were SO excited about it.
After we returned from bus duty that day Holly grabbed me on the arm and her face said it all. She was probably more excited than those kids were about walking back into a classroom that was picked up, cleaned up, and taken care of.
If you aren’t ready to implement class wide jobs, I would encourage you to at least assign some roles for students to do before leaving at the end of the day. This will give them ownership and help you out more than you might think!
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Until next time,