What classroom jobs do you have?

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  1. loves2teach

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    Hi,

    I am thinking about re-vamping my classroom jobs for next year. Some of mine worked this year, and others didn't. Honestly, I think I had too many- and they stopped being "fun". This year I only want to have around 8. I am having a small class this year, so it will pretty much mean the kids will have a job every other week.

    So far I have thought of:
    -Line Leader
    -End Line Leader
    -Bathroom monitors
    -Technology person (in charge of the projector remote, screen, and classroom computers being turned on and off)
    -Desk & Locker patrol (watch the kids at the lockers & make sure desks are clean)
    -Paper People (collect, pass out, and/or organize papers)
    -Office Person

    What do you have in your class?
     
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  3. nikkiperry

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    I have these helpers you have listed. A fellow teacher mentioned another helper she was thinking about using next year. She called it a substitute. This person was in charge of collecting papers and making notes for absent students.

    I also have a pencil sharpener. This is a favorite job amongst my students. They sharpen other students' pencils for the day and make sure the pencil line stays quiet each morning while I am collecting papers and taking attendance.
     
  4. patti2

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    I had two librarians each week who straightened up.

    pets

    chairs-took down/put up all chairs at reading table and for absent students

    board eraser

    office helper-took things to office; put mail in mailboxes; put a bright red "absent" folder on the desks of students who were absent so that items passed out could be put inside.

    light saver-end of line; turned off the lights

    gardener-watered plants M and Th

    and the usual
     
  5. Missy

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    I decided to really streamline this year and went down to three jobs: messenger, morning helper and afternoon helper. It worked out very well and the kids seemed happy, also.
     
  6. TeacherC

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    I have most of the same jobs- I also assign someone to pass out lunch tickets. I know some teachers who assign someone to be a "helper" (I'm not really sure what they call them), but someone who is responsible for helping out a sub when they come in...and someone can have the job for a month at a time, since they don't do the job everyday. That way the subs don't have all the kids going "that's not the way our teacher does it!"...and just one person helps them out with routine, etc.
     
  7. loves2teach

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    I tried having a sub this year, it really didn't work out. 99% of the time, the sub forgot to do that person's job, or the person couldn't do the job (ex: the sub was a boy & the girls rr monitor was absent).

    Thought about having a pencil person, and having them sharpen pencils also at the end of the day while we are getting ready to get home. Good idea having them keep the pencil line quiet!

    I have also had sweepers (they sweep the room at the end of the day), and a librarian (who not only kept the classroom library tidy, they also took books to the school library). I need to do a better job next year of keeping them accountable for their jobs!
     
  8. MissMcCollum

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    I have borrowed some ideas from a friend of mine to start my classroom jobs. I have decided that I am not going to do anything that the kids are capable of taking care of. I also want to give my jobs more "adult" titles, and had a bit of fun with this. :)

    I will have an Administrative Assistant, who takes care of handed in homework each morning, Distributors, who pass out papers, supplies, books, etcetera, Collections Managers, collects papers, etcetera, Secretary, answers phone and gives messages appropriately. I also have a Temp Agency, where I will have two kids that fill in for absent students. Then, of course, I'll have unemployment...with upwards of 30 kids, it would be way too tough to have that many jobs.
     
  9. knittingbec

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    I also need to cut down on the number of jobs in my classroom.

    Last year, I returned to work at a summer camp since my husband was deployed for the summer. I asked some of the other counselors (who had been my campers when I worked there years ago!) what they remembered from their teachers...one told me that her favorite thing was that her teacher passed out "class money" and "auctioned" off class jobs (as well as other prizes). I thought that sounded like fun!

    Miss McCollum, I gave my class "adult" sounding titles this year and it didn't take long for them to change them back. But they'll probably stick better with your 5th graders than my 1st/2nd!
     
  10. Peachyness

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    I love the idea of giving them adult titles. I also love the unemployment one.
    Here are the ones I came up with. But I will have to go through and rename some of them.

    Class Reporter- will write up weekly reports on what has happened in room 19 $45

    Extra Hands- pass out papers, staple, clean board, monitors pencil sharpener $40

    Custodian- helps library clean up library, checks around classroom for trash, gives fines to students who leaves a large mess $40

    Paper passer/collector- passes out papers to team leaders $40

    Homework Checker- Collects homework, puts them into order by student number, marks what numbers are missing $35

    Banker- Pays employed students for their work. Collects rent from all students. $30

    Class Librarian-puts books away, makes sure books are organized and dusts the shelves. $30

    Messenger- takes attendance to office, runs errands for the teacher when necessary. $25

    Cashier- runs student store from 8:00-8:13 every Friday. $25

    Homework Agenda Monitor- stamps homework agenda’s that have parent signature on them. $20

    Economist- studies student’s shopping behavior. Fills out a worksheet on what kind of items students are purchasing. $20

    Class Lieutenant- makes sure students are following rules during class and recess $15

    Operator- answers classroom phone $12

    Substitute- takes care of a job if a student is absent $10/job

    Caboose- Turns off the light and closes the door when everyone leaves the classroom $10

    Equipment Manager- balls must be checked out through the manager $8/job
     
  11. MissMcCollum

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    I love that you have an Economist that tracks student purchases for you! That's a good one. :)
     
  12. Lotte

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    Weekly jobs:

    Lunch monitor - helps out with anything concerning lunch

    Hallway monitor - Clean hallways, help students

    Supply monitor - papers, scissors, glue and pens sharp and in place.

    Cleaning monitor - cleans floors and make sure other kids clean up after themselves, trash

    Classroom helper - hands out and collects papers etc.

    sink/window/board monitor - clean sink area, water plants, clean board

    Leader - supervises the other jobs, takes notes and papers for absent students and helps subs with routines etc.
     
  13. MissAmy

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    Classroom Jobs (21)

    Secretary
    takes lunch money and attendance to office
    Runs any errands outside of classroom

    Paper Manager
    Helps teacher pass papers out papers
    Picks papers up and checks for correctly headed papers, then paperclips them for teacher

    Computer Technician
    helps with TV and computer when we are using them
    dusts and straightens the computer station daily

    Substitute
    assembles make-up packet for absent student
    stacks all the papers neatly on the desk and fills out a daily assignment sheet to put on top

    Botanist
    Waters plants on Monday and Thursday.

    Librarian 1
    Straightens books
    Keeps up with the checkout list for classroom books
    Takes books back to the library
    Picks up reading chairs every day

    Librarian 2
    Straightens books
    Keeps up with the checkout list for library books
    Announces the reading area students daily
    Dusts the Library Area and shelves

    Electrician
    Turns the lights on and off when we are using the overhead, watching the TV, or leaving the room

    Mayor
    Leads the pledge daily
    Begins our Monthly Class Meeting
    Stands in for students who are absent

    Assignment Recorder
    Records the assignments in the book daily
    Changes the date every morning

    Sweeper
    Makes sure there is no trash on the floor at the end of the day
    Sweeps any mess on the floor or carpet

    Overhead Technician
    Gets the overhead out and neatly puts it away when we are finished using it
    Dusts the overhead and shelves

    Sanitizer
    Sanitizes the door knobs every afternoon
    Passes out the sanitizer on Fridays for the desks
    Carefully passes out sanitizer before lunch each day

    Sink Manager
    Checks soap and paper towels every afternoon (posts a sign if they are empty)
    Straightens the cups
    Wipes the counter and sink every afternoon

    Custodian
    Wipes the front board everyday and the marker tray
    Checks desks on Wednesday and Friday afternoon before special class

    Post Master
    Passes back papers to the mailboxes
    Gives each student their stack of papers from the mailbox on Friday
    Dusts the mailbox area

    Journalist
    Writes down important events on the calendar such as assemblies, birthdays, and tests
    Writes a positive statement about two different people every day

    Classroom Artist
    Puts student work on the board out in the hall. You may ask students for work on Fridays.
    Picks up any fallen work in the hall.

    Housekeeper
    Dusts the shelves above the backpacks
    Straightens the top of my desk
    Dusts my shelves by my desk

    Teacher Assistant
    Files AR test reports
    Files any other papers teacher wants filed
    Cuts papers out or staples papers for teacher

    Dietician
    Reads the lunch menu each morning
     
  14. Danny'sNanny

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    One I've noticed no one's listed-
    When I was in 2nd grade, one of the class jobs was Janitor- that student had to wipe up the floor of the bathroom (attatched to the room) if anyone *missed*
    ewwwww!
     
  15. Mable

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    Great names- I may tweak mine next year.
    I have Floor Patrol, Mail Carrier (we have a classroom mailbox), Librarian.

    My Star Student is a sub and fills in for absent students. All my kiddos have jobs and they like that.
     
  16. elem_teacher3

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    All the jobs makes my head swim. I am making my life super simple this next year and I am going to have 2 teacher's aides...period...a girl and a boy. They will do what needs to be done that week...line leader, table washer, pets, library, pass out papers, etc...you name they will do it. I think it will make everything a lot more simpler.
     
  17. teach57

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    Wow! Lots of jobs! I made it a little simpler for myself by having only 2 helpers each week. The helpers were nominated by the class at the beginning of the week. It worked really well with my 4th graders.
     
  18. MissMcCollum

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    I'm going to need to add Mayor to my list.

    I also have a lot of jobs, but in the end I think it will be easier for me...because then I am pawning off that responsibility...and teaching them important social skills. :)
     
  19. MissAmy

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    I used the same jobs last year and The kids loved it. I had 22 students last year so I had one more job (Job Inspector) who made sure everyone was doing their jobs. I teach fifth so, I didn't have a problem keeping up with the jobs - the students do it. :)
     
  20. dillpickle

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    I have cafeteria helpers that wipe down our tables after lunch, plus a lot of the same jobs that are on here already.
     
  21. Iteachtwo

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    I know this sounds odd, but I had one helper per week who did everything "extra" like passing out/collecting papers, errands, etc. It worked out well for me. Students were selected by using my class roster (ABC order). Once I went through the whole roster, we just started over again. It's worked for me so far so I plan to continue.
     
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    Two jobs.

    Line leader and "everything else" person. If I need something I can call on them.

    Caboose-I like to have a student who holds the door for the class to pass through and then takes up the end of the line. This is actually an important task because it keeps straggling from happening. The line leader becomes the next caboose.

    I also think I am leaning towards lining up in specific order and asigning the two jobs accordingly. That way I do not have to deal with issues like cutting and eventually everyone gets to be where they are comfortable in line.
     
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    I, too, have streamlined my helpers to being one boy and one girl. I have each child's name on a colorful cut-out and are hanging next to a sign that says "Mrs. ___'s Hoppy Helpers" (they're frogs, by the way!) They are hanging in alphabetical order and I switch every day. SO much simpler!
     
  24. BuLadybug

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    My jobs are
    Calendar Cop- assists me with calendar (eventually does on own)

    Meterologist - (aka weather person) checks weather

    Line Leader

    Caboose

    Pencil Technician - sharpens pencils

    Technology Technician - gets computers ready, turns lights on/off, overhead on/off

    Administrative Assistant - if I have any special errands for student to run

    Classroom Librarian - organizes books (puts them in correct bin according to stickers)

    Scribe - Fills in blanks in morning message

    Lunchcount Attendant - Counts lunch and hands out lunch tickets

    Marker boards - erases marker boards (students love this job!?!)

    Mail person - hands out papers

    Paper Collector - collects papers, manipulatives, etc

    Floor Manager - checks floors to see if anyone needs to pick up trash

    Flag Leader - starts our Pledge

    Substitute - fills in for anyone who is absent

    "On Vacation" anyone who does not have a job for the day

    That is all I can think of now but I may add a few - I like Hand Sanitizer and I am adding a girl/boy bathroom monitor

    Because I have so many jobs I change them daily
     
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    missmccollum,
    I LOVE these ideas!! The kids will, too! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    This is my list that I wrote down from last year. I'm not using ALL of these, a few teachers and I were just compiling possible jobs. I'm going to be adding jobs in from this thread! :)

    1) Line Leader x1
    Leads the class to their location when in line.
    2) Door Holder x3
    Holds any doors that the class comes across.
    3) Attendance x2
    Responsible for bringing the attendance folder down on time (and making sure that the teacher does it!)
    4) Supply Manager x1
    Checks the classroom supplies at the end of the day. Duties include sharpening pencils, making sure supplies are in their proper places and keeping the area clean.
    5) Librarian x1
    Responsible for the classroom library. Duties include making sure that the bookshelves are clean and orderly and making sure to bring any library books placed in the Library Bin back to the library.
    6) Paper Manager x1
    Passes out any worksheets for the teacher. Also is responsible to check the class paper supply and re-stock if needed.
    7) Center Manager x1
    Makes sure that all needed materials are available for students during Centers time. Keeps the area clean and orderly.
    8) Mail Manager x1
    Responsible for placing any notices in students mailboxes. Will have a bin where the teacher places notices to be distributed.
    9) Line Manager x1
    Responsible for watching the lines. Can give warnings to students who are not following line rules.
    10) Teacher Assistant x1
    Does whatever the teacher needs them to do, but NO GRADING! This could include separating Scholastic catalogs, cutting something out, etc.
    Fills in for any student jobs if the student is absent.
    Makes sure all daily change items are done (i.e. “Today is…” signs, “The weather today is…”, etc.)
     
  27. terptoteacher

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    I only have line leader
    line caboose
    table manager (x6)
    class manager (responsible for fetching/delivering messages to the office, passing out papers, excusing quiet children to line up)
     
  28. ~Nicole

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    my classroom jobs are divided by pod (I have coop. group seating)

    Pod jobs will be kept for 1 week

    (*)Supply Manager-It is your job to collect and pass in/out all supplies and COUGARS
    (*)Secretary-If there is an absence in your pod you will take notes in the daily journal on what we did in class, fill out an absence report and collect any papers handed out in class for your pod mate.
    (*)Paper Pusher-You will collect and pass in/out all papers. You are also responsible for putting in numerical order.
    (*)Line Leader-If your pod is called first, you are the class line leader (all other pods will line up behind their respective line leader in the master line)
    (*)Substitute-You will take over the duties of any pod mate if they are absent or unable to fulfill their duties.
     
  29. RugRats

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    I like to have one job for each student in my classroom. They keep their job for two weeks, then I switch it up.

    Since I teach first grade I introduce one job a day and give small groups the job to share so that everyone has a chance to test them out.

    I've found that if everyone in my class has something to do, our day goes much better.

    About 10 minutes before the end of each day we do end-of-day jobs. No one is allowed to leave until all jobs have been completed and everything is ready for the next day.
     
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    Excuser --- Releases students to line up, go back to seats, etc

    Plant Caretaker --- Water plants

    Lunch Count/Attendance --- Takes lunch count/attendance and brings folder to office

    Schedule --- Puts daily schedule on the board every am

    Classroom Helper --- Passes out papers, collects, etc

    Line Leader

    Door Holder

    Board and Magnet Maintainer --- Takes down magnets used for lunch count/attendance each day, erases the board

    Facilitator --- Runs weekly class meeting and end of the day reflections
     

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