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Thanks Lakeside! I especially love "receptionist" rather than having the whole class yell to me "The phone is ringing!" Well, maybe they'll yell it for the receptionist. These are great and I'm going to use them.

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Teach 5 09-04-2019 01:28 PM

The easiest thing ever was having 2 helpers for the day. If you have to create multiple jobs, I would really try to keep them for a whole week. Young kids need the repetition to learn the job.

deansbaby67 08-29-2019 05:42 PM

I tried a couple years to have daily jobs. It was so much more work for me, that I quit. Now, I have a helper of the day (ABC order), they do everything. Some days there are more responsibilities than others. It's fair, it's easy, everyone is happy. Also, my helper gets to choose our morning meeting question of the day, they love it.

Violets2 08-18-2019 04:53 AM

I read a book by a former teacher, Eric Jenson, who said classroom jobs should have authentic titles. Made sense to me.

For example, no one grows up saying "I want to be a line leader". For my own sanity, I only have a few classroom jobs: 2 Teacher Assistants-rotates daily by line order. They do lead their lines but they also assist me in what I need done. For example, they take the morning lunch count, record it on board and take recording sheet to where it belongs in the building, file lunch cards. They also are the ones who take or get things from the office when that announcement is made to send someone to the office to...…… They may be the one taking a classmate to the office or another room if that student doesn't know where to go. You know, all those jobs we need help with that kids are capable of doing.

I also used to have a receptionist who did answer the phone: and yes the class would then shout out to that one that the phone was ringing . This skill of answering a wall phone is one I've had to teach over the years. Most now have no clue where to put the ear/mouth part of the handle or how to even say "hello, Ms. Violets room." My phone is now moved to where they can hardly get to it so I have to choose a taller student since it's now on the wall and not where they can easily reach like it used to be.

Since we now have to carry an emergency bag, someone is the First Aid/Emergency carrier.

I have an equipment manager who is in charge of the recess basket.

The last few jobs I listed change weekly. The only daily changes are the assistants.

irises 08-15-2019 04:49 PM

I like your system. If I have to go to a job for each student I will try your system. Menu reader is another job I hadn't considered. Thanks for your input!

bellringer 08-14-2019 07:17 AM

I like to have a job for each student each week. I post them in alphabetical order by first name and then just rotate one position each week. (Note that if there are two students on one job, each one has the job for two weeks; one week with the student's name before them and one week with the student after). I don't really find it a bother. And if I forget to rotate, the first one to check the jobs board on Monday morning always reminds me!

My classroom jobs are: pledge leader, menu reader, messenger, meteorologist, calendar helper, line leaders (2), line cabooses (2), librarians (2), break helpers (2 - retrieve and return the milk tub and the snack tub at snack time), news reporters (2 or 3, write the week's news on a poster board for outside our classroom), paper passers (2), on vacation (varies, depending on the number of students I have in the class), substitute (to fill in for any missing extremely important job, especially during the cold and flu season!).

irises 08-13-2019 04:50 PM

Thanks Lakeside! I especially love "receptionist" rather than having the whole class yell to me "The phone is ringing!" Well, maybe they'll yell it for the receptionist. These are great and I'm going to use them.

Lakeside 08-11-2019 01:55 PM

I think you'll be fine with one rotating helper, but if you are forced to come up with jobs for everyone, here are some less-common ones I've seen over the years that you can add to the list -

  • shoe-tier!!
  • escort (walks people to the nurse if they feel dizzy or have a medical condition that requires it)
  • receptionist (answers the phone) - bonus on this one: phone manners!
  • "ketchup monitor" (collects extra papers for absent students in a "catch-up" folder - the one I saw was red with a bottle of ketchup on it )
  • "town crier" - reads the homework assignments and reminders from the board at pack-up
irises 08-11-2019 12:50 PM

I think I will stick with what Ive been doing all these years...go down the list in ABC order and that student (plus a helper, the one next on the list) does all jobs for the week. Unless my P wants otherwise! Thanks for all your ideas and kelteadr for the detailed explanation of how you do daily jobs! Honestly, that scared me...I'm impressed!

MissESL 08-09-2019 10:28 AM

I had a daily messenger. That was all I needed. It was simple to go down the list of students in ABC order.

I think it’s more realistic and just cuts out the trouble of kids waving their hand in the air begging to be “the one” to do something or run a errand.

If I needed a second person, the daily messenger got to pick a friend.

This was so easy to manage - I never had to worry about whether so-and-so got to do their job that day or remember to switch jobs all the time.

I think of you have no choice, I would add it to the morning meeting. Once you get them rolling, the kids run morning meeting. So having them move the jobs along and/or announce the jobs would take the responsibility off of you.

slg 08-09-2019 08:37 AM

I agree with Keltikmom - it is unrealistic to change multiple jobs daily and to have a job for each student. If you do have to do that, a simple chart that they can read themselves is the way to go. Do you have an Elmo or another way to project it on the board so they can check it themselves?

I had about 9 classroom jobs, and two were two-person jobs. I rotated weekly. The student of the week (the one who brought in pictures and news bits about themselves) was the line leader. A substitute is a good job to include if you explain upfront that some days s/he won't be needed and other days s/he might have multiple jobs. They roll with it.

Keltikmom 08-09-2019 07:28 AM

I have no experience with responsive classroom, but having a job for every child every day does not sound authentic in the least. You’re just creating busy work. And trust me, the kids will know which jobs are “for real” and which ones are just made up.

Between teaching kinder, first, and finally second, I tried all kinds of job charts. I eventually settled on one person each day got to do everything. If they needed help, they could choose anyone they wanted.

kelteadr 08-08-2019 03:28 AM

I rotate jobs daily. I create a chart using a table on the computer with the kids names down the side and 15 columns after their names. I put the dates at the top of the columns. After we figure out the jobs we need I code them with letters or numbers. I rotate the jobs in the order the names are on the chart. I save bathroom monitor for last because I need one boy and one girl so it can't go in order. But if every kid has to have a job every day you may want to leave that one off anyway because it would be tricky unless your numbers are equal. I do not have a job for every student every day.

I hang the chart on a clipboard near the door and one of the students tells the jobs each day. Most will check it themselves anyway once they've learned to read it. For first grade you would probably need to create and display a key with the code, the job, and a picture or symbol. There is a lot of training up front, but they catch on fairly quickly. Plus if you go in order "Kyra" figures out pretty quickly that if "Bobby" is line leader today, then tomorrow it's her turn.

I fill out a new chart every three weeks but the order just continues from the last one. If I get a new student I add him to the end and he fills in for whoever is absent. He is added to the rotation when we get the new chart. If someone moves, I use a random spinner for any job they had until we update the chart.

It sounds like a lot, but once the students learn to read the chart and all the job procedures are taught, it's really just keeping the chart updated every three weeks. A few usually pick it up quickly, and they can be in charge of helping the others until they get it.

irises 08-07-2019 11:04 AM

I'd love some ideas on how you have the kiddos manage their class jobs if jobs were to change on a daily basis. I personally like having my "Helper" do all jobs for the week and s/he has a shadow who takes the reigns the next week or subs if the "helper" is absent. We will be doing responsive classroom this year and I understand every student has a job each day that changes? How do the kids self-manage this? I really don't want to add that to my responsibilities...TIA!

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