The Importance Of Classroom Jobs-Community Building

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

Room 51 staff

This is a 6th grade classroom job board which include the following jobs: Lunch Manager, Custodial, Desk Doctor, Pet Patrol, Materials Manager, Teacher Assistant and Secretary.

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

    Job Chart 2nd grade

    This job chart is from a second grade classroom. Jobs include paper passer, line leader, door holder, flag salute, lunch tub monitor, chair monitor, librarian


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

Maps job board

This job chart was in a resource room. Jobs include flag salute, calendar, trash, chairs, money and desks

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

    Classroom Helpers

    This classroom helper job chart is in a self-contained special education classroom: Jobs include Line leader, door holder, light helper, and caboose

What are your favorite jobs to include in a job chart?

3 thoughts on “The Importance Of Classroom Jobs-Community Building

  1. Tess

    When I was the records secretary at a middle school I used to oversee and facilitate jobs for a young man with special needs. I bought him a cool clip board and I made a check list of his “jobs” for him to check off on a daily sheet of paper. He was in charge of the clip board, completing the jobs on the list and checking them off as he completed them. It made him feel very important and he learned independence with this process. We formed a strong bond and when my job moved to being the High School Registrar he would literally visit me in my office every day to keep checking in. My point being that all school employees are capable of influencing lives and being both teachers and learners.

    One job he used to enjoy doing is organizing the toy chest that I had created in the office for families who came for school business and had younger children with them. He would get the toys back in the toy box and keep them organized.

    The jobs list in the classroom is a wonderful concept. Depending on the grade level, maybe add clip boards like I used.

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