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My first five years of teaching were spent in kindergarten. I taught half day and was in super survival mode. I can't even remember if I had classroom jobs...😉 Somehow we made it through though!
When I moved up to first grade I started the year without jobs. I didn't know what to do and obviously wasn't used to jobs in kindergarten. I had a specials teacher remark to me that jobs would make everything easier. I took offensive to it at first, but then realized she was right...
The first type of job I tried was just one boy and one girl. They would be the helper for the day. I found this didn't work for me because I didn't have specific tasks for them. I ended up doing everything and then remembered afterwards that they could help me.
From two very broad jobs I went into very specific jobs including one for each student. I got desperate to think of jobs - who wants to be the garbage collector?! - and found that some jobs had a lot to do and other jobs has basically nothing.
This worked for me for years. I rotated the jobs every two weeks. Kids were happy with jobs like line leader and teacher helper. Not so happy with jobs like electrician and locker checker.
I decided it was time for a change. An in-between of my two attempts at classroom jobs.
I narrowed my list down to the ones that actually had tasks daily. Below is what I kept -
Morning Folders - I have someone collect our homework folders when kids take them out of their backpacks in the morning.
Teacher Helper - Basically the job that encompasses all jobs! Could be anything from turning on lights, to filling out our calendar.
Errand Runner - Runs errands for me in the school.
Line Leader - Leads our line whenever we walk in the hallways.
Substitute - Takes over for kids that are absent.
Lunch Cart Pusher - We put our lunches in a cart. This person pushes it down and sets the lunches out. If I have enough students, I will assign two kids to this job. If not, I will let them pick a friend.
Quiet Monitor - Has a clipboard with names on it. Walks in the hallways watching our line and looking for kids doing a great job. I never really follow up with the list that they make - they just like doing it!
iPad Plugger - Plugs in our iPads.
Afternoon Folders - Passes out our folders at the end of the day.
On Vacation - Currently doesn't have a job!
The best part of the change I made was that I put all the jobs on one piece of paper! My old chart took up so much room. This one doesn't. I can move the kids around with clothespins. I have also used magnets. There are a lot of possibilities!
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Just click below to download it for yourself. I've also included and editable version for you to make your own!