Classroom Jobs

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  1. Stlteach89

    Stlteach89 Rookie

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    Another topic recently posted made me think of a new question about jobs in the classroom. My aunt teaches first grade and has her jobs written on pocket envelopes attached to a bulletin board. Inside she has sticks with kids' numbers on them to show what job they do. She then moves them every week. That's the method I am most accustomed to. Another first grade teacher simply has a star of the week in charge of all the jobs that week (and can pick a friend for the jobs that require more than one person). Does anyone here have a preference to either method? Having one student in charge each week is easier I guess, but less students are responsible for jobs each week then.
     
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    I'm a little different because I'm ECSE preschool, but I prefer having each student have a job. My kiddos will have a different job every day, and the jobs will rotate. If I have more students than I do jobs, someone will be on "vacation."

    I'm not against a star of the week who is in charge of all the jobs that week, but if you have 20+ students, it's a 20+ week wait until that star of the weeks gets a job. When I student taught in a third grade classroom, my CT had a job for each student that rotated weekly. It worked well for her.
     
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    I've taught second and third grades in the past.

    When I taught third, I had specific jobs for specific students. The assignments were visible on a poster hanging on a wall. This was too time-consuming, and some students never even got to do their job because there just wasn't a need that particular day or week. There were also occasional jobs that came up that didn't fall under a particular category, meaning I had to choose someone at random.

    When I taught second, more recently, I had two helpers of the day - one boy and one girl. I had cards with each student's name hanging on rings on the board - one set for girls and one for boys. I just rotated the cards every morning. I liked having two helpers because it made it easy to have two-person jobs done (like carrying the large lunch tote), and it also helped if one of the students was out of the room with another teacher (like for SPED services). It was also very simple (for me and subs) to know which students to go to when a task needed to be completed. Having a girl and a boy helper worked well when I needed to send someone into the bathroom to check on another student.

    If I were staying in a regular classroom, I would definitely continue the method I used in second grade rather than the one I used in third grade. Much simpler. It's basically the idea you have for star of the week, only I changed it every day instead of every week.
     
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    I REALLY like that idea!!! If I were in elementary, I'd use it for sure. I like rotating jobs every day, but having SO many jobs in an elementary classroom was stressful! In third, the CT had to have a job for each student. Like you said, some students didn't get to do their job. Other times, even the teachers would say, "Uh... who are the lunch helpers?!" And it'd take forever to figure out the two students who had to carry the lunch boxes.
     
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    Wow a job for each student is a bit much. I teach kinder and only have 4 jobs, teachers' helper, line leader, messenger, and door holder. My kids rotate through the jobs by table. Week 1 might be the red table. Each of the students at the red table will have a job and those jobs will rotate at that table for the week. The students will do the same job on Monday and Friday. The next week the jobs move to the next table. This works well for me.
     
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    I have jobs assigned to each desk, but they are job for the group. For jobs in the classroom I choose specific students at random. But honestly there aren't many of those. For the past several years we've had a teacher kid or two and they will sharpen pencils. For cleaning the room and maintaining the library I expect them all to kick in and help.

    Group jobs:
    Commander - supports the team and communicates with flight director (me) if there are any problems.
    Mission Specialist- replaces and/or back up any other position as needed.
    Communication Expert: in charge of all communication for the team.
    Payload Specialist- in charge of the team supplies, including supply shelf
    EVA Expert: in charge of collecting and returning any supplies not at the table as well as turning in completed group products and projects.
     
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    I do a combination of Bella and Christy's approach. When I was self-contained, I made a spreadsheet for the semester and made sure everyone had all of the jobs an equal number of times.

    Now I have two general helpers for the week. These kids take library books to the library, take forms to the office and other odds and ends.

    My desks have color coded labels on them so one week, the purple are the table captains who turn in papers, get supplies, and other things for the group.

    This has been a very easy system for me to implement. I've either gotten smarter or lazier! :p
     
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    I switched a few months into my First year last year: I was doing rotating jobs that I had decided...but it really fizzled into nothingness. So I decided to have a classroom discussion about what jobs they felt were necessary to have in the classroom - we brainstormed a ton, talked about which were essential and which were not as vital. Then, they applied for their top 2 or 3 jobs, and had to write a paragraph to convince me that they would be the best person for that job. Most got their first choice, and they were highly engaged in doing that job throughout the rest of the year.
     
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    My students sit in table groups, and each table has one helper per week. Each group has a name, and on the board I keep a list of the group names, and each week change the name of the student. Very easy and fair.
     
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    (For Pre-K) I had 10 jobs and it was changed daily since not all kids came 5 days a week.
    That way, only the kids that were in attendance had a job, BUT it was also hard because some kids had certain jobs more than others (I couldn't keep track..)

    For this upcoming school year, I plan on doing this weekly. I plan on also having a "sub" job so if someone happens to be absent, that student can fill in for whatever job needs to be done.... I just came up with this as I was writing this post and now I am really excited to try this out :lol:
     
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    Last year I wrote everyone's names on an index card, hole punched the corner and put on a ring. I hung it up right where I would sit for our morning meeting so I could easily reference it. The name on top was my line leader and the one underneath was my door holder. The next day, I'd flip the top card to the back and the door holder would become my line leader, and a new student would be my door holder. It was so much easier to manage this way. I've had a coworker who had three jobs- VIP, line leader and door holder. After you finished the job, your name would get moved to the next job pocket in the back. I might try it this year.
     
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    I have table leaders, rock star of the week, & partner leaders that I change every week.
     

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