I wanted to share some examples of classroom job charts I have seen out in the field. If you have a great job chart, take a picture and post in the comments. Having examples will help you for when you set up your classroom in the fall. Take pictures of everything now so you will the examples later 5 Things To-Do Before Student Teaching Is Done
What are the benefits of having classroom jobs?
- Provides structure for students who benefit from knowing what their role is in class
- Creates a sense of community where all learners are committed to the good of the classroom
- Encourages students to give back and become helpers
How many jobs should a classroom have?
I usually start the year with a handful of jobs and as I get to know the class, I increase the amount of jobs available. With increased confidence in my students, I designate more responsibly to them. It depends on the grade, but most of the classroom job boards include between 4-6 jobs.
Teach each job and model for students how the job is performed. For younger students role-playing the job can be fun and helpful to understand the do’s and don’ts of the job.
How often should you rotate or chance which student does the job?
Most teachers rotate jobs every 1-2 weeks
What jobs should a classroom include?:
Each class is unique but some common jobs include:
Lunch Manager, Custodial, Desk Doctor, Pet Patrol, Materials Manager, Teacher Assistant and Secretary, paper passer, line leader, door holder, flag salute, lunch tub monitor, chair monitor, librarian, Line leader, door holder, light helper, and caboose
-For students with autism, consider providing a job which will provide proprioceptive input. Providing proprioceptive activities can enhance a student’s learning in the classroom. These activities will help a student to achieve a calm and alert state which then improves emotional wellbeing and the ability to engage and learn. Proprioceptive activities involve providing intensive input to the muscles and joints. Some classroom jobs which provide proprioceptive input include:
- Wiping benches and tables
- Pushing a cart of supplies to PE or Recess such as balls, cones or other outdoor play equipment
- Pushing a cart full of library books back to the library
- Brushing/mopping floors
- Holding doors open
- Carrying piles of books
- Carrying a backpack with a heavy item in it
- Stacking chairs
- Moving furniture
- Putting out and tidying away PE equipment
What are your favorite jobs to include in a job chart?