Need ideas for my first classroom

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  1. MK2ndGrade

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    I'm starting this year as a 2nd grade teacher and I'm looking for some cute ideas for a class jobs board. I don't have a theme for my classroom and don't have a particular theme in mind. I'm looking for something that I can keep up all year, so nothing too seasonal. I already have my jobs in mind, I just want a cute way to display them. Help!
     
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  3. S Dubb

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    For my Jobs Board, I made it all in Microsoft Word. I made the pages in landscape form and put three jobs per page. Kind of like this...

    (clipart) JOB NAME
    [space]
    (clipart) JOB NAME
    [space]
    (clipart) JOB NAME

    Each job strip takes up a little less than 1/3 of the paper because of the spaces in between. Anyway, I cut all of those out and glued them to poster board. Then when it's time to pick jobs, I pick clothespins out of a bucket. Each clothespin has a student's name written on it, and I clip it to whatever job they want.

    I should mention that the layout above is for the left side of the poster board. On the right side I have it reversed.

    JOB NAME (clipart)
    [space]
    JOB NAME (clipart)
    [space]
    JOB NAME (clipart)

    Hope that wasn't too confusing. It might not necessarily be "cute" but it certainly gets the job done (no pun intended). Good luck!
     
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    Eww... class jobs make me shudder. :|

    I just cannot keep up with it! I know the kids are really the ones who do, but still....

    I prefer to just have 2 helpers a day.

    I know you did not ask for that sort of input - sorry.
     
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    I tried the 2 helpers job thing (rotates daily) this year and loved it. Will never go back to keeping up with all those helpers each week (the kids never remembered which jobs they had either). Someone on AtoZ recommended it to me last year and I'm so glad they did. I heart AtoZ!!!
     
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    I took pics of my students faces and laminated them so they are a small square shape. There is velcro on the back of them and I keep them in a little envelope. I have my bulletin paper up and then make cute jobs with word and cool fonts. So for example -Messenger- is made on a word documents and I got cool fonts from dafont.com. I print them out, laminate and place it on my bulletin board. Then under each job I put velcro. Then I just rotate the jobs. I just go down the roll. And its easier since it is velcro.

    I only have about 3-4 jobs so I make is easy. One teacher I know has a job for EACH STUDENT!!!!!

    :( BLAH...not me.
     
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    I would do something inexpensive to start out with. You could just even write them on the board. My first year I bought a big job chart from the school supply store. I quickly found that it was too much for me to keep up with and took up space I wanted for other things. Now it just sits in a box on the cupboard.

    Wait until you know for sure how many jobs you are going to actually keep and then build your board.
     
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    Oh my I would never be able to have a job for each student, that's not for me either. I think I'm going to keep about 5 or 6 jobs for the kids. I've been caught up in trying to think of some sort of "clever" idea for jobs but I just can't think of anything so I think I'll keep it simple.

    Thanks to everyone for your feedback!
     
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    This is the one I just made. Details are in the link in my signature.
     
  10. Starista

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    Hello! You will love second grade.

    Just a thought...! If this is your first year teaching, perhaps you just want to have what a friend of mine did. Every day she'd choose a boy and girl VIP. They'd lead lines, run errands, etc. She went in alpha. order. This was an easy, no nonsense way to have helpers, but without the need to remember to change them!

    Last year I forgot EVERY Monday morning to change jobs...until 8:01 when 7 second graders kindly reminded me that "THOSE ARE LAST WEEK'S JOBS!!!!!!!!!!!"

    Jobs can be good -- but try not to let it be something that might stress you out if this is your 1st year. :) :)

    I have a pocket chart with these jobs:
    Secretary: (this dude checks in homework every morning for me and might put projects or papers in ABC order)
    Line leaders: (2, one boy and one girl)
    Door holder:
    Pencil Sharpener:
    Prayer leader:
    and i might add a "line monitor" this year!

    I caution buying a premade one from the teacher store. I did this one year and used only 1/2 of the little job icons... as I did not have a "Water the plant" job or "Feed the pet" job etc. :)
     

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