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A Classroom Job For Every Child
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2, 3-5, 6-8
Submitted by: Jaicie

This is the easiest way I've found to do classroom jobs. I was doing a lot of tidying up and organizing each day after school and thought that my 1st/2nd graders could do most of these things with a little training. I gave every child in my class a job. This builds community and responsibility. Children have a new job assignment every month, so I have to assign new jobs only 8 times each year. I keep track on a class list on my computer. We have 10 minutes at the end of the day for "Job Time" and don't line up for dismissal until the room is clean and jobs are done. We also do some "job-sharing" where two children do a big job together. I have a 2 mail carriers, 2 scrap monsters (to pick up scraps off the floor), supply shelf manager, library helper, center inspector, desk inspector, pencil sharpener, overhead projector cleaner, 2 lunch menu helpers, table washer, reading corner helper, plant monitor, chalkboard cleaner, whiteboard cleaner, sink cleaner, math shelf helper (organizes math manips), door holder (holds the door when we line up to go to specials and for the chalkboard helper when he/she goes outside to clap erasers), and a substitute helper who does jobs of children who are absent. I do have to assign jobs carefully; mail carriers and lunch menu helpers need to be able to read, and I often choose very active children to be scrap monsters and board cleaners. Look around your room to see what kinds of things need to be done daily that your students can help with. Your students can probably suggest some jobs, too!



 

 

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