There’s a Job For Everyone!

I’m back!!!

After a much needed vacation to my favorite spot in Florida, I am ready to jump back on the blogging train! Today I am going to talk to you all about my classroom jobs and tell you why it is my absolute favorite part of my classroom every year!

Jobs are something that everyone needs to have in their classroom in my opinion. It is much easier to do a lot of the things yourself because training the kids to do certain jobs certainly does take time. But boy will you be thankful once they get the hang of it, and your classroom will be running like a well oiled machine 🙂

Where to start? I received the conscious discipline job chart from a give away when my school did a book study a few years ago.  (see picture below)  This resource is great because it has a lot of different jobs that you might not think of, you could also look on TPT as tons of teachers have created great classroom jobs charts as well.  I would recommend getting a resource pre-made as a jumping off point and go from there.  Check the bottom of this post for some great ones that I have found on TPT.

Why did I say as a place to start? Over the years my jobs have changed dramatically.  At the end of every year I ask the students these questions. “What jobs did we not use very often?” and “What is a job we need but don’t have?” You would not believe it, but the students think of things that I would have never thought of.  This is why my classroom jobs continue to grow and get better every single year.

Who gets a job? EVERYONE! I know, I know this sounds like a lot to remember, 25 jobs is a lot! But I don’t have to remember them, they do! When I introduce the jobs I also teach the importance of remembering their job because if they aren’t there to do their job it will hurt our classroom family.  I also explain it like this “What if I forgot to do my job and stayed in bed everyday?” This is an easy example for them because they always tell me  that of course I wouldn’t do forget to come to school,  and that I would get fired if I didn’t come to work.  Unfortunately that is the consequence if they forget their job as well.  I remove/fire them and let them earn it back.  I always give them a few days after they pick a job to remember it, and their friends usually remind them as well, so I don’t have to do it often. I think it is very important for students to learn the importance and responsibility of doing a job, while also realizing how important it is for everyone to help each other.

How often do I change jobs? Every two weeks.  I have found that every two weeks is long enough for them to get a good chance at their job, and remember their job.  It is also not too long where they get tired of doing something.  I also want them to get a chance at trying out any job that they want to.  As the year goes on changing jobs gets to be very quick, and usually they already have which one they have been wanting in mind.

How do they pick? I have the students names on Velcro and keep them in a Ziploc baggie.  I draw them out of the bag in random order and they pick.  I do sometimes rig for things such as: someone has been picked last the time before, or someone has been working really hard at something, also some of the jobs require students to know everyone’s classroom number or name so at the beginning of the year there are typically only a few students that can do that quickly.  Over the course of the year everyone learns how to do every job and kids usually find a few that they are really good at and pick those when they get the chance.

What have I learned by doing classroom jobs with fidelity? Everyone has a talent! I am always amazed at how well the students could run my classroom if I was not there.  They are better at remembering their classroom numbers than I am,  they are faster at filing papers than me,  and they never let me forget to take attendance to the office everyday. A student who couldn’t read last year figured out his favorite job was to collect the box tops and loved to count them into groups for me.  They love to help one another by tying shoes, getting band-aids, or taking a friend to the nurse.  Kids LOVE to help, so why don’t we let them?!?!  It takes something off of your plate and gives the students ownership of the class.

I urge you to give it a try, stick with it even when it gets hard at the beginning, remind the students the importance of helping one another out and being an integral part of their classroom community.  Start small, do what fits you, create jobs that your classroom needs, ask your kids, change jobs in a time frame that fits your style.  If you already do classroom jobs and don’t love them, think about how you can change them to make it better, how can you get students excited to help in their classroom.  I hope you find something in this post that you can use as you begin thinking about the upcoming school year!

List of my classroom jobs– line leader, board cleaner, shoe tier, duster, table cleaner, recess toy helper, nurse, library helper, bucket cleaner, germ-x squirter, lunch cards, absent job helper, caboose, door holder, technology monitor (turns off board/puts up ipads), door opener, indoor recess game helper, materials manager, secretary (puts notes in mailboxes), messenger, calendar helper, box tops.

conscious discipline job chart

the link below is for a great TPT resource-

Class Jobs for the Leadership Classroom

My classroom jobs and the velcro name labels are in the picture below 🙂

Kat Scantlin