Student job charts

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  1. Missy

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    Any good ideas out there on how to display classroom jobs? I don't really like the pre-made ones I've seen. I was thinking about using some pages from the Sunday classified ads as background, but need some ideas on listing the jobs and rotating the students. My kids usually come up with approximately 8 jobs, and I will have around 21-22 students. Thanks! :)
     
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    I use a library card pocket that says the jobs and then the students can decorate their own personal library cards. We usually had a couple rows of pockets at the bottom for leftover students that didn't have jobs that week. Or double up on some of the bigger jobs. Then just alternate each week however you want.
     
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    I made ice cream cones. Each cone represents one job, the scoops are the kids. Each kid has a scoop. Then you put a scoop on the cone. Plus this way you can have a double or triple or more scoop of ice cream! I am laminating everything and going to put the jobs on with puff paint so they stand out more. Another plus is this takes up much less room than the store bought items.
     
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    What jobs are you all including on your job board? I have a few ideas, but I don't want to miss anything!
     
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    I have a pocket chart that I use. Each student has a pocket with their name on it. I then have job cards and when it is a student's time for a job I stick the job card in their pocket.
     
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    I have the basic, paper passer, lunch tote carrier, attendance/lunch count, paper checker, agenda check, but then I let the students come up with items that they feel are important. I also make them apply for the jobs they are interested in. They may apply for up to two jobs at a time. We change jobs quarterly. The application requires them to explain why they want the particular job, what skills they have to make them a good cantidate, and what they feel is important about the job. Each job is also payed a salary towards their classroom bank account. I am in Fourth Grade if you are wondering.
     
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    Jobs that I have in my classroom are:

    Garbage (put outside the door)
    Pencil Sharpener (Empty sharpener and sharpen all for the day)
    Water Plants
    Paper Passers/collectors
    Lunch/Attendance Board (clear at the end of the day)
    Messenger
    Paper Filer
    Line Leader
     
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    I teach K (obviously :,), but one job that may work for you is what I call the "pinch hitter" they fill in for anyone who is absent or unable to do their job for the day.......they also get to do other little things like answering the door, taking message to office, helping a friend, etc. THey love that job. I have also called it "teachers helper"
     
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    For student teaching, I actually did something like your idea. I used a giant piece of construction paper and covered it in classified ads. I titled it "Help Wanted" and listed each classroom job on the side on a small piece of tagboard. Then I laminated it and placed pieces of velcro on it. I wrote each child's name on a piece of tagboard, laminated them, and put velcro on the back. Then eachweek we switched jobs. It worked wonderfully and lasted all year. My coop kept it and just made new name tags after that.

    I have a lot of classroom jobs in my classroom, some of which the previous teacher had used (I inherited his job chart and didn't have enough time to change it). My jobs are:

    Calendar helper

    Lunch count (takes lunch tally to cafeteria)

    Lunch basket (carries lunch box bin to cafe.)

    PAWS helper (for our Character Ed program...reads the quote of the month each morning and checks my PAWS box for any donations for whatever school drive is going on) FYI- PAWS stands for Positive Actions Within Students

    Newsletter (writes an article for class newsletter each week)

    Floor cleaner

    fish feeder

    line leader and caboose

    book helper (who also takes library books to the library on the morning of that special)

    Flag

    Board Washer

    I think thats all of them...I hope that helps:)
     
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    One of the teachers in my school uses giant paper pockets and has each child's name written on a jumbo colored craft stick and she puts the craft stick into the pocket (which is stapled onto the bulletin board). It looks pretty simple!
     
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    I made a giant wheel (looks like a sliced pizza pie) where the jobs are listed with alternating "vacation" spots. The students names are on clothespins. Each "job" usually has two people (in case someone is absent, or only one person can remember). I rotate the students through the job/vacation slots, boys going one way and girls rotating the other (this way they end up with different partners).
     
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    I got a great idea from a mailbox magazine years ago and have used it since. I put classified papers on a bristol board and library pockets with a title HELP WANTED. My jobs consist of: paper passer, attendance, tidy shoes, line leader, caboose, homework helper (gets the homework bags ready on mon. and empty's them on fri), messenger, shelf and floor inspector and everyone else is off duty. (I may have more but can't remember them all right now). We pick new helpers on mon. at morning message.
     
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    Not any help on the "how to display" thing, but when I was student teaching, my CT changed jobs on Tuesdays instead of Monday mornings... it meant that Monday mornings were still consistent instead of everyone trying to learn new jobs... tihs was 2nd, and they knew to go look at the board on Tuesday mornings, it didn't take too many reminders... we had:

    library helper
    desk/floor checker (random desk checks, and called kids to line up at the end of the day)
    team captains (4, passed out and collected papers and supplies for their group)
    recess baskets (2, took the balls, etc. outside for recess)
    lunch carts (2, brought lunch carts back to the room after lunch)
    calendar (did coins with today's date, etc... not a long process!)
    pledge (lead class in pledge)

    This seems to be the only ones I can remember... there was also a "superstar" of the week who did various odd jobs, held the door, and got to share things from home with the class.
     
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    I just sold my job chart on ebay, so I had these photos and description of how it worked:

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    Each blue card had a different student's name written on it. In the example above, there are 20 students (I didn't include the names in the example, however. You'll only see a name on the first one - "Paige"). There are 10 jobs. Each day I, or a student I asked, moved the job cards only. The names stayed put. When students come in each day, they would check the job chart. If there is no card in their pocket, it's their day off. If there is a card in their pocket, that's their job for the day. Potentially, I could have made up 20 jobs and everyone could have a job every day, but I liked to keep things more simple.

    Here is an example of what this chart would look like the next day, jobs moved:
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    Here are the jobs close up:
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    I hope this makes sense. :)
     
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    This year I stapled a pair of old jeans up on my bulletin board (had to cut the legs down a little). I bought a bunch of those colorful paper pockets that go inside of library books and stapled them all over the jeans and board and titled it "A Pocketful of Helpers!" Cheap and easy idea!
     
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    In my mentor teacher's class she covered her board with newspaper and wrote classifieds. Then listed the jobs like you might see them in the paper. EX. sweepers/ boards were janitors and helpers were called personal assistants, and interior designers for those kids who hekp hang things in the classroom etc. It was really cute

    I also saw one with bees and the heading was "Mrs. X's Busy Bees"
     
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    I am using an Amazing Race theme in my classroom so all my jobs are based on real jobs that you would find on the TV show. The translator answers the class phone, transportation management are my line leaders, security specialists are my classroom organizers,etc,...

    I did a baseball theme the past two years the same way. My groundskeepers kept the room organized and clean, my front office job was for my students that took the attendance and ran errands. I use a mini economy system with my jobs and students get paid for helping.
     
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    staceracer- thats a good idea with the payment...do you use tickets or coins? what can they get with their payment?
     
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    I don't acutally give them money or coins. It is all recorded on paper. I have students whose job it is to keep track of how much money each person has. They get money for their jobs, bonuses, they lose money for discipline etc,...They keep it all on a chart in a 3 ring binder. Then at the end of the month I have a store where students get a paycheck telling them how much money they have to spend. I have other students whose job it is to price the items in the store. Then they have a sheet where they write their total at the top and then subtract the things they are buying. Hope this makes sense.
     
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    Yes it does:) I'm planning on something a bit like that for school this year, but my kids are going to get coins (that say caught being good) for things and they will be recording their own deposits and withdrawls (when I have to take a coin away...lol). Then I will have a store too. I like the idea of giving coins for jobs:)
     
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    I used to use money (not coins that sounds neat) but I got so tired of kids losing their money or someone taking it...drove me nuts...anyways...where do you get the coins you are going to use? Since I am doing the Amazing Race theme the kids are going to start each week with a different amount of money. Then they can earn or lose money depending on behavior, missing work, etc,.. Most of my kids will end up with more than they started with, but there are a few who will lose money. They hate that! Hope all goes well. What grade do you teach?
     
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    I ordered the coins from www.smilemakers.com and I think they come in packs of 288. I will be teaching 3rd grade this year. Previously, I've taught kindergarten and 2nd. I used to give prizes to the kids each week when they didn't turn a card (I use the turn a card behavior plan), but that got really expensive for me. So I think this way with the coins will be more meanignful for them (having to be responsible and all) and easier on my bank account! :)
     
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    students choosing jobs??

    has anyone ever tried having the students pick their jobs on monday morning instead of assigning them?
     
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    I let my kinders pick their jobs on Monday morning. They keep the job for the week and then start again the following week. I only have 8 jobs. So at the end of the week, those 8 names get put at the bottom of the pile and 8 new kids get to pick. They learn that they don't get a job every week but know that they will soon get another turn.
     
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    Thanks for all the great ideas!
     
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    My kids pick their jobs every week. I put the name tags of the students who had jobs the previous week down on a table. The kids who didn't have jobs get to pick first. i go in whatever order they are hanging up on the bulletin board. If someone declines a job, their name goes up on the board for the next week's pick. Then, without looking, I pick up a name tag from the table and call on that child to make a choice. At the end of the year, I had a few kids who didn't want to pick jobs, so I did some and some kids got two. That got the others wanting to work again. I loved doing it that way and I plan to again:)
     
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    I'm only in the process of gathering ideas for my "future classroom," but I was thinking about doing the "Busy Bees" theme.

    I am going to have beehives with the jobs written on them, and then bees with the students' names. I think I might have enough jobs for half of the class. I made up a Busy Bee Job Application that they will fill out every month, where they select two jobs, identify their first and second choice, and write why they want that job. I'd like to have them rotate every two weeks. I also think it would be cute if the students wrote a "Busy Bee Job Handbook" where they described each job. That way when someone gets a job they haven't had before, they can refer to the handbook first, and then to someone who has already had that job, before coming to me.

    These are just ideas I've gathered... who knows what I'll actually do a year from now when I get a real classroom. =)
     
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    I start that once everyone has had a turn to do each job. It works pretty well. Students can pick a job or choose to pass if the job they really want has been taken already. I have never had a problem with it.
     
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    Great Ideas

    This is a wonderful idea. What was the salary for the jobs that you had in your classroom. Because I am a fourth grade teacher and I also use the bank system in my classroom. I would love more information on this. Thank you,

    Alaina Bloodworth
     
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    Job Salaries for helper chart


    Loneil115- that was a great idea. how much were the salaries for the jobs?
     
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    To save wall space, I just laminated boat shapes (could be any shape) and wrote the jobs on them. Then I taped them (using the good 'mavalous' tape) along a window frame. Then I will use clothespins with the kids names. I just put the clothes pins in a box and draw names and let them choose which available job they want.
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    I did the Want ads a few years ago and it has lasted very well! I covered a poster board in want ads, then glued on the library pockets. At the top in red Ellison letters I have "Help Wanted". I then laminated the board, and took an exacto knife and cut the slits to put the cards in the pockets. Each child in my room has a number, I wrote them on index cards (this way I can use the cards every year) and put them in the pockets. I think I have about 14 jobs (but looking at the lists, everything I have is covered), I put the first 14 kids cards in on Mon. a.m. and then next 14 the next Mon. Some kids get jobs two weeks in a row (depending on how many kids I have), but it usually works itself out.
     
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    I teach 4th grade, and last year I used clothespins (the pinchy kind...LOL) with the students' names and a poster that listed all of the jobs. I don't have any bulletin boards in my classroom, so this is a good alternative for people with limited space.
     
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    Amanda, what does the bathroom helper do? I have a bathroom in my room this year and was trying to think of a new job.

    thanks ....
     
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    I have a pizza shaped "job wheel" made out of tagboard which has been divided into 8 slices. Each slice has a job listed on it. There is a smaller wheel that is attached to the large one with a brass brad. It, too, is divided into 8 slices. Each of those slices have 3 - 4 kids names on it. I line up the smaller wheel with the larger wheel to determine which jobs the kids get. I can turn the smaller wheel weekly or monthly to change jobs. It's easy.
     
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    Job Wheel

    I made a job wheel last year and I LOVED it! There are pictures of it on my website. All I had to do was soin the wheel to assign jobs! Sometimes I let students pick their job. This was easy to do because the job names were velcroed on and were easy to move.

    http://www.mrswright.com
     
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    My favorite idea of all time is "Helping Hands"! If you like to make things, make two giant hands (like the "Hamburger Helper" hands). Hang a drapery hook in each finger. Stamp out a shape for each child or place their name on a colorful number (like a 3 for 3rd grade). Place a job description under each hook and hang a child's name on the hook. Change the jobs weekly or monthly. Whatever works for you. This is an oldie but goodie. Works for many years. :D
     
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    amanda....what is the bathroom monitors helpers job? I have a bathroom in my room this year and was trying to think of a job for it.
     
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    Yes, I had them choose

    I have let them choose, but this year...because our schedule seems tighter, I plan to assign jobs.
    I had each child's name on a clothespin. I put them all in a box and drew names. As I drew their name, the child got to pick which available job they wanted. Then the next week, I'd take those names off and set them aside while I drew from the remaining names, then put the first batch of names back in the box. This way everyone got a job at least every other week.

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