What are your classroom jobs?

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  1. mrsleapfrog

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    I was thinking I might do classroom jobs this year. Can you tell me the jobs you have and the description along with how often you change them out?
     
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  3. loves2teach

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    I change my jobs out every 2 weeks.

    Line Leader
    -Lines up first
    -Sets the example for the line

    End Line Leader
    -Lines up at the end of our line
    -Sets the example for the line
    -Turns off the lights, mutes the projector, and closes the door

    Girls & Boys R.R. Monitor
    -Lines up after line leader when leaving the classroom to go to the RR
    -Assesses the cleanliness of rest room before having students enter
    -Has students enter 4 at a time and monitors their behavior while in the rr
    -Reports any behavior issues and/or cleanliness issues to teacher or other adult
    -Makes sure that restroom is lean when we leave

    Librarian & Botanist
    -Collects and returns books on library day
    -Ensures that our classroom library is tidy and organized
    -Monitors student use of classroom library books, and makes sure that students return library books in a timely manner.
    -Waters classroom plants on Friday afternoons before we go home.

    Technology & Chair Coordinator:
    -Makes sure computers are on when school begins, and off when school ends.
    -Takes chairs down each morning, and puts classroom chairs up and the end of the day.

    Hall Reporter:
    -Watches over students in the hall while at lockers.
    -Reports any behavior issues and/or cleanliness issues to teacher or other adult.

    Pencil & Sanitizer Technician
    -Sharpens pencils at the start and end of the day
    -Collects extra pencils from students once a week.
    -Distributes sanitizer to class before lunch.

    Administrative Assistant
    -Collects homework from homework collector, checks to see who turned it in, and puts homework in abc order.
    -Reminds teacher to complete attendance
    -Checks teacher’s mailbox.
    -Runs any errand that needs to be completed.
    -Answers classroom phone when teacher cannot.
     
  4. jillybean

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    I hate to say this but "I HATE JOBS!" I always forget to change them and the kids always want the same job. So this year I am thinking of not doing them.
     
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    I used to have a job for every child. It became a real pain, especially when the kids would come back from PE. The kids would argue over who had what job and where they were supposed to be in line. This year I am only going to have only a handful of jobs that will rotate weekly.

    Line helper- holds the door for the class then gets in front to lead the line.

    Messengers-puts attendance on the door and takes messages to another class/the office, helps kids get to the clinic.

    Then I will have my helper of the day who will get to lead calendar and help with other tasks. A friend of mine even gave me some adorable astronaut vests that the helper for the day can wear for the day. The vests go along with my space theme.
     
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    You could do what my friend did, and let the kids keep the job for the year. They applied for each job, and when they tired of it, someone else could apply.
     
  7. Bumble

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    I need to be a bit more organized with jobs this year. Last year I randomly picked students doing the right thing when something needed to be done.
     
  8. Mama P

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    I have a simple "helping hands" on my board. I have 20 laminated hands (wipe off a name and put a different one for each year) on a ring. I just flip them everyday. The "Helping Hand" for the day is the line leader and the door greeter. Then the next day, I choose a new one and the line leader from the day before is the caboose. The caboose makes sure the lights are out and the door is closed when we leave the room. The caboose is also the door holder. This is the easiest way I have ever found to do this. It works great!!
     
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    AMEN!!!!! I wish I had the time for them. I have 4 math classes in 5th grade and I have them for only 70 minutes. I just have so many other things to do then keep up with 4 different classes of jobs. However, if I just had 1 class I would for sure do classroom jobs. I think the kids do enjoy them and it gives them ownership in the classroom.
     
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    I have some jobs that I like to have to help teach the students responsibility and how to follow directions/rules, so these jobs I changed often. I have other jobs that I created to help me get things done in the classroom, so these jobs didn't change much once I found students who did them well.

    I had a line leader (also turned on the lights), door holder (who also turned off the lights and was the caboose), board holder, hand sanitizer, and two table washers (who also passed out backpacks). I changed jobs every two days, if the student didn't perform their job correctly (ie: line leader talking in the halls) they could get "fired" from their job and it would go to someone else.

    Some students ended up having a job for the whole year. I had one student who needed to move around so he became the person who took back library books (he was also a great helper taking down the room), my more responsible students took turns taking notes to other teachers and going to the office. I also had one student who was in charge of taking names of students who were off task if I had to go into the hallway. My material passers and collectors became the students who showed that they could do it quickly and fairly.

    I want to change it up a bit this year. I think I'll keep the jobs I have but I want to find a better way of keeping track of who had what job during the month.
     
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    one helper per day - my star student. Star student of the day is the line leader and helps me with ANY of task I need. SIMPLE, SIMPLE, SIMPLE.

    I'm not going to drive myself crazy trying to remember who is doing what - and there are always one or two who can't remember their job. One student does all the helping for the day.
     
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    I'm going to have a handful of jobs that I will change weekly- line leader, caboose, door holders, postal worker, librarian, and maybe one more. Then I will have 3-4 kids who help with the morning meeting, but I will pull popsicle sticks each day for that so the kids get more turns. :) That's my plan, we'll see if I stick to it!
     
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    I change jobs weekly and like OPs have said, the students can be fired from their jobs if they cannot handle it.
    Administrative Assistant: take notes to other teachers, lunch count
    Line Leader
    Caboose
    2 Bathroom Monitors: boy/girl
    Hand Sanitizer
    Librarian
    Computer Tech
    Filer: file student papers into mailboxes
    Journalist: daily blogger

    If I need to go out of the room for any reason, I assign one of my most responsible students to take names, but that varies.
     
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    Wow, these are some good ideas. I usually just have line leaders but since I am teaching 2nd this year I think the kids would enjoy their "own" jobs. How do you do the application for the job?
     
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    I couldn't function without my jobs! I plan the same number of jobs as children, so everyone has a job. I change jobs each week. My system is so easy!

    I make a job chart with posterboard and library pockets - very simple. Each pocket has a job on it. Then each child's name is on an index card. These are in ABC order and numbered according to order - every child in my room has an assigned number which is used for everything.

    On Friday afternoon, I just move each card over to the next job. Simple.

    These are some of the jobs I have had.

    -teacher helper: does everything from taking notes to the office to finding my misplaced water bottle
    -line leader
    -flag salute
    -calendar person
    -prayer person
    -snack (brings everyone snack for one week)
    -circle cleaner
    -library cleaner
    -table washers (usually 2 kids share this job)
    -center cleaner (checks centers to make sure everything is tidy)
    -pencil sharpener
    -attendance chart (clears attendance chart at the end of the day)
    -paper passer/collecto
    -hand sanitizer

    I will add other jobs as needed. The kids love the jobs. And they are so capable of doing things that make the class run more smoothly. Relieves me of a lot of work. And they are very protective of their jobs. Every Monday they begin a new job, so everyone gets a chance at everything. Sometimes it takes a lot of patience to work with certain personalities, but I think it is worth it. Builds a lot of self-esteem and sense of belonging to the group.
     
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    line leader, door holder, messengers, cafeteria moniter and plant waterers
     
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    Next year I will have a homework checker and a calendar person.
     
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    I've also done "escort", which is the one (or two) who accompany those needing to go to the nurse or whatever; "scribe", who in an upper elem. class can write down assignments for those who are absent; "table washers" for the lunchroom; and "trash collectors" (self-explanatory).
     
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    DITTO!!!

    I did not read this thread all the way, but jobs are too much for me to keep up with. I have a Student of the Week and he/she does most of the jobs for the week.
     
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    I let my Star of the Week do most of the jobs. When I don't have a Star, I draw a name from my jar and they're the Favorite Kid for the day.

    Last year one of my little boys was the Star and on Friday he said he just didn't think he'd ever be the same again after having been the Star! What a doll!
     
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    I haven't had jobs in my classroom for years. It always frustrated me when they didn't do their jobs, so instead of getting mad about it, I just quit having them. I have just gotten into the habit of picking someone who's behaving, or needs a break, or can afford to miss some work time.

    I did have one class a couple of years ago that whined and complained until we had jobs, but then I made one of the jobs "Job Monitor" and it was his job to make sure everyone was doing their job and then to change them. So I really had nothing to do with it.

    Thank God for fifth graders who can handle that responsibility, so I don't have to worry about it!
     
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    ONe of the other teachers at my school has a 'movie night' theme in her room, and all of her jobs are super clever and match the theme. She has things like: producer (windows, lights, general atmosphere), agent, critic (blogger), lead actor/actress (line leaders), director (student helper - helps students who need help "getting it together" ) and tons of others. She has enough for every student in her class to have a job each week.
     
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    I have to really think long and hard how I want to do my classroom jobs this year. I've always tried giving everyone a job and it's honestly a bit of a pain rotating jobs each week. Some jobs are popular and others don't get done. So, I need to think of a way to make it less painful. Silly I know!
     
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    I read on here or somewhere that a student keeps the job for the whole year. Maybe the person who is a complete mess with passing out papers or being a line leader can be an excellent door holder. Maybe there are two people who make excellent librarians etc. '


    Basically this person said they let the cream rise to the top in each job and that is the job they have for the year. I might try this but will probably switch up after the first half of the year.

    I think it was the same thread that talked about doing away with some jobs that don't help you as the teacher at all. I agree with that. Last year I had a lunch helper who walked down to the cafeteria to get lunch id cards each day and then passed them out or left them on the table for kids to grab. Total waste of time.

    OP- here is what my jobs were and I switched them weekly

    ..Line leaders -1 boy, 1 girl
    ..Engineer- takes care of lights, projector, computers
    ..librarians -2 kids, keep my classroom library organized
    ..hall checker- one student who checks the hall for backpacks and belongings on the floor and then reminds me to do attendance in the computer. He/she checks the hall 2 other times during the day.
    ..Sanitation manager- 1 person makes sure kids' areas are cleaned up before we leave.
    ..lunch helper/ door holder
    ..Go getter- 1 child
    ..paper passers- 2 kids
     
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    I love the idea of a student helper who makes sure everyone is doing their job! Good job for a Bossy Britches!
     
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    I LOVE THIS IDEA!! I may try it out! I only have 6 students so it might work out great!
     

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