July 19, 2013

Student Jobs in the Classroom

 Over the past 2 years I feel I have done something terribly wrong in my classroom and am JUST now realizing it!! Tell me I'm not the only one who has ever had a "duh" moment?
 
Our school has adopted the Conscious Discipline model for behavior and one of the things the book suggests is for every student to have a job or a role in the classroom to help create unity and a family environment.
 
Before going to this training, I had 2 jobs in my classroom: leader and door holder. Both would change daily. The leader would lead calendar and if they were responsible, I would have them run any errands that popped up during the day. I know you just 'gasped' and I did too! It obviously wasn't a very fair or consistent role. So I finally came to my senses and created a job for each student!
 
 
Here is how I have the jobs displayed. Each student will be assigned a magic number the first few weeks of school.  They will be able to find their magic number and look at the job card behind it. That will be there job for the entire week. After the week is over, I will move each card to the next number making sure to keep the cards in order.
 
I have made 2 different sets of job cards. My classroom is decorated with safari prints, hence the safari style but if I had all the money in the world and redecorated it, I would use chevron print. You can see them both below.
 

 
Included are the following jobs:
water patrol (2), caboose, message carrier, table monitor 1-4, weather reporter, techi, materials manager, calendar cadet, line leader, trash collector, snack assistant, well wisher, door holder, light monitor, germinator, security guard, pencil monitor, lunch counter, brain break.
 
Starting with the first week of school, I plan to introduce 1-2 jobs daily. Once all jobs are introduced, the students will begin having weekly job responsibilities. If a student is absent, the teacher will assume the role.
 
If you are interested you can pick up both sets in my TpT shop!
 

 

17 comments:

  1. Love your new job charts! I'm WAY too lazy/forgetful to change a job chart each day or week! So, my alternative is to pick a child's name out of a jar each morning and they're the "class president." Basically, this child is my go to for the day - line leader, paper passer, messenger, etc. For certain jobs, I allow them to choose a buddy {but it can't be the same one twice in a day} Nothing to remember, so it's super simple! Like I said, lazy!

    Molly
    Lucky to Be in First

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  2. You know how I love brightly colored chevron. I think I'll have to get it!
    KaSandra
    http://memoriesmadeinfirst.blogspot.com

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  3. I started having each child have a job last year! Loved it! It really made everyone feel like they were a part of the classroom community.

    I love your germ-anator! Clever!

    Kristen
    A+ Classroom Creations

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  4. I love, love, love it! We are starting conscious discipline this year too...our kindergarten teachers have been doing it for years, but our principal is hoping for more consistency throughout the school so we have a common language, expectations, etc. I have always wanted to do jobs, and I do a few...like you, but not everybody has a job each week. Love how you organize it too - can you tell me about what size your pocket chart is? Or maybe where you got it? {I know, I'm needy!}

    Holly
    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

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  5. Hi! I love this post. I'm studying to be a teacher right now and I'm graduating Dec 2014! I love your ideas and your room. What are some of the rewards you have for your students?

    Ashley B
    "Mrs. B Teacher to Be"

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  7. Your method of explaining the whole thing in this post is in fact pleasant and your blog theme is very beautiful. Thanks for sharing this blog.
    Student Jobs South Africa

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  8. I'm really sad I can't find this in the TpT store anymore!

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    1. They are all 3 still there!

      https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Individual-Classroom-Jobs-Bright-Chevron-773020

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    1. They answer the door when someone knocks and makes sure they are a "safe person".

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  10. Excited to use these! They are way cute! Just fyi I found this on Pinterest as "free classroom job labels" They are not free so maybe you could change it so it's not misleading?

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    1. These products have never been free and have always been a laid product in my store. I was not the person who pinned it and labeled it as "free". I have tried contacting the person who originally pinned it and asked them to change the description in their pin. Thanks for understanding!

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  11. yeah it does say free it's misleading please change.

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    1. I can not change the description on the pin because I was not the person who "pinned" it. However, I tried contacting the person who did and have asked them to change it because it has never been a free product.

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  12. I also have a "substitute" job for the week...if a student is absent the substitute does the job that person was assigned to do.

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  13. I also have a "substitute" job for the week...if a student is absent the substitute does the job that person was assigned to do.

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