As teachers, we know that offering students responsibility and a sense of community is very important. It absolutely is. But so is your sanity. As a result, I created this classroom job chart for student jobs and have compiled my best tips for managing student jobs in your classroom. This makes it easy to offer students a feeling of belonging and togetherness in a manageable way.
Jobs in my classroom have evolved over time. I started with an elaborate system involving a rotating sunflower which took me an absurd number of hours to create. The system involved students receiving new jobs each day.
I’ll skip all the middle stages and tell you about where I am now.
In my classroom everyone has a job. However, they are gainfully employed in that position for a very long time. I no longer rotate the jobs so that each student does every job at some point. Instead students are matched with jobs that they express interest in and I feel is a good fit for them. This allows me to take the time to really teach them how to do the job well and it becomes a routine for them.
Which means your classroom will run very smoothly.
When I rotated jobs too often my friends would forget to do their job or else wouldn’t know exactly what the role involved. The consistency of keeping the same job means that everyone has a special part in helping our room to function. They are ALL responsible for cleaning up the classroom at the end of the day when we play Find It / Fix It. I also have a “helper of the day” and that person does everything else for the day (help with odd jobs, erase the white board, etc).
When I do change jobs (maybe 3 times a year), each student is responsible for training their replacement. I couldn’t be more happy about this system.
I do still have a job chart. It just doesn’t change very often.
10 TIPS FOR MANAGING STUDENT JOBS:
- Keep it simple. Classroom jobs should improve the function of your classroom and provide children with a sense of being helpful. If you create a system that is too complicated or changes too often you run the risk of the jobs actually creating more work for you along with unwanted chaos.
- Select classroom jobs that will be useful to your specific classroom needs.
- Think about safety and school policy. Having an “electrician” in charge of plugging in an overhead or a “table washer” using cleaning products with chemicals might not be allowed in some schools. Always use caution. If you include tasks like this you may want to consider drafting a parent permission slip before assigning the job.
- Don’t start classroom jobs until you get to know your students each year. It’s very helpful to match students with jobs that best suit them as individuals.
- Think about ways a job may benefit a child. Encouraging your shy student to be responsible for being the classroom greeter or answering the phone may help to bring her out of her shell. Having your spirited little guy be your messenger would be a great way to work in some movement breaks throughout the day.
- Think about ways a job may benefit you. If you have a student that needs monitoring more than others make her the line leader. This will keep her close by and limit off task behavior in the hallways.
- Don’t let your job chart consume too much prime wall real estate. Students don’t need to be able to see it all the time. In fact it can be a distraction as kids love knowing what others are doing and reading their peers names. Find an out of the way location that students can access when they need to.
- Match students with jobs that are appropriate. A job requiring increased responsibility and organization should be completed by a student possessing those skills (i.e. managing the classroom library). Students who struggle in that area would be better suited for a job that is completed without remembering (i.e. turning off the lights when you are going to use the Smartboard).
- Be aware of confidentiality. Although it may seem like a good idea to have students put stickers on corrected assignments or check in homework, it exposes them to other children’s’ work and progress.
- Take the time to write out a thorough job description that makes your expectations clear. Much like having a procedures and routines manual, this will be a valuable document in ensuring that everything gets done as intended. It will also be an asset to a substitute teacher filling in for you.
This student jobs chart and the resources included in this product will make your life as a teacher much easier. This resource includes tips for managing classroom jobs, instructions for how to assemble a chart, programmed and editable job cards, and editable student name cards.
Have you tried managing student jobs before? If so, did you grow tired of having to change them constantly? This product will help you create a manageable system for student jobs in the classroom.
- It empowers students to be active members in the learning community.
- Students learn responsibility.
- They learn to pick up after themselves.
- They feel good that they are helping the teacher and contributing in some way.
- They appreciate the work that the adults do in the building (custodian, lunch lady, etc.).
- It will save you time.
- It will provide your students with an opportunity to learn responsibility while building a community.
- It can be edited to meet the specific needs of you and your students and customized to match your classroom perfectly!
- It is extremely easy to assemble.
- Using it will keep your classroom looking neat and organized.
- It uses no color ink and costs very little to create.
Gather these supplies: A package of library pockets (these come in so many colors and patterns),colored cardstock, hot glue gun/glue sticks, framed corkboard, fabric, ribbon, and the printables from this resource. Print out the job titles and attach them to the library pockets.
Although the pockets are usually self-adhesive, they don’t really hold in the long term. Prior to “committing” them to a location on the board with hot glue, use a single staple to hold them in place. When you are happy with the alignment of the pockets, glue them all down and removed the staples. Finally, add the title at the top. To use the chart, simply slide cards or popsicle sticks with the students’ names or numbers into the pockets.
Check out these testimonials from teachers who’ve used it in their classrooms…
Love having a display for every kid to have a job. It creates such a sense of community when each student has a responsibility.
– Erin B.
The editable option is so great because every teacher’s classroom job needs are different. This job chart really pops in my room! I love it!
– Katie B.
I love this product. I wanted a simple way to do classroom jobs that would be meaningful and this was it. I love that I can use the editable label to create even more jobs for my students.
Absolutely love these! Made my classroom look neat and organized. Simple and does the job wonderfully! Thank you!
-Kathryn T C.
These were so nicely made, and my room looks amazing with them. Thank you for a great product!
You can read more great feedback from teachers just like you here!
- Tips for Managing Classroom Jobs
- Photo Instructions for Easy Assembly
- 30 Programmed Job Cards
- Editable Job Cards
- Editable Student Name Cards