I feel like I’ve tried it all when it comes to classroom jobs!
At one point I had different individual jobs for each and every student that I had to remember to change everyday (exhausting!). With all the little, and big, things teachers have to do, classroom jobs should be at the very least of our worries!
Luckily, I have an amazing teaching partner with amazing ideas that I get to steal… I mean borrow.
Read on to find out more about making classroom jobs a breeze… When I walked into my teaching partner’s classroom, I found her brilliantly easy classroom job system on her whiteboard.
Assigning Classroom Helpers
She has a total of four classroom jobs that rotate everyday. Like in my classroom, her students sit in groups of four.
Each student in a group has a number (1-4) and this number is used to determine their classroom job.
She chose four classroom jobs that needed to be done on a daily basis.
Then, each day the numbers rotate so each student gets a new job each day.
Easy, right? And the brilliant part is every student has a job without creating 24 different classroom jobs to somehow rotate your kids through.
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The jobs are simple and help keep the classroom neat and organized at the end of the school day. I can attest that it has worked wonderfully in my classroom and I now hardly have to think about classroom jobs!
Here’s the classroom job chart that I made for my students. The numbers are attached with paperclips, which make rotating the numbers easy-peasy.
But that’s not all! I also have two daily helpers who help me with the odds and ends jobs, like helping with our lunch boxes, passing out papers, sending reminders, and taking playground equipment outside. These kids are great at helping me remember the little things I ALWAYS seem to forget!
And there you have it! I went from 24 different jobs to 4 (plus 2) and couldn’t be happier with the outcome! Every student has something to do at the end of the day and best of all, it’s easy to manage!
If you need a change in your classroom job procedure, why not give this classroom job system a try!?!
You can change the job titles to fit your classroom needs. If you have larger table groups, you can add a job or two to the rotating list. If you don’t have table groups, you can simply count-off to give students a number that corresponds to a different classroom job.
Even More Classroom Jobs Ideas
Classroom management will be covered much better if students have a purpose in the classroom and know their roles. Need some more creative ideas for elementary students this school year? Check the quick list below:
- field trip counter – in charge of making sure the everyone is present and accounted for (of course, you’ll also do that, but it doesn’t hurt to have a back up)
- class pet – in charge of food and water
- dry erase boards – passing out and/or collecting
- homework helper – checking names off a list at the beginning of the day
- line leader
- work handler – passes out papers to rows or groups as needed
- scrap patrol – helps pick up the floor of scrap paper at the end of the day
- desk police – passes out “good citations” for those students who have organized spaces
- pencil pal – sharpens pencils at the beginning of the day for all to use
- BFF buddy – looks for students who are alone during lunch/recess and makes a point to talk to them
- office runner
- librarian – checks out and/or organizes classroom library
- historian – takes pictures throughout the week of the class for an end of the year memory book
How do you organize classroom jobs in your classroom?
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This blog post was written by Elizabeth Rossmiller, creator of the blog Tech Out My Class. Make sure to stop by and say hello!