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Old 07-03-2014, 11:53 AM
 
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Hi, I had this idea last night that maybe this coming year I would choose one or two students each week who would perform all the jobs in the classroom. I usually span the jobs out amongst 6 or so students, but I wanted to try something different...easier, perhaps.

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I think it would be tough for some kids to have to wait so long to get a job. Kinders aren't the best at waiting. For a few kids, it would take 10 - 13 weeks before they get jobs (depending on the size of your class).

I also think that kids might "tire" of doing every job all week. They love having a job, but you'd be calling on these kids multiple times a day.

I have 12 jobs a week, so kids get a job every other week (or nearly, I usually have 25 kids).

These are the jobs in my class.
  1. Line leader
  2. Caboose and shut doors/turn off lights
  3. Messenger (take things to office/lunch money to cafeteria, etc.)
  4. 2 kids are library helpers (take books back to library)
  5. 2 kids are lunch helpers (take our cart with lunches in them to the cafeteria)
  6. Counter (counts kids in line before we come in from recess)
  7. 4 kids are table leaders (I have 4 table groups) that pass out papers, get the scissors/glue for the group, etc.
I change jobs every Monday.





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That's what I do and it works great! One student is the helper (leader) and s/he has a helper who accompanies him and takes over if he's absent. The helper (leader) does all the jobs for the week and it is particularly beneficial for Calendar/Weather because he actually learns over the course of the week. If it were only one day, that wouldn't happen. The following week, the helper who accompanied him is the new helper (leader). It's much easier for me and the kids really enjoy it and look forward to their turns. I teach first.
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I don't do classroom job personally. For me it's easier to manage and I just ask for different helpers. But have you thought about maybe a helper a day so there is not a long wait in between and they get to be the helper multiple times throughout the year.
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My first year teaching I attempted to do lots of jobs that I rotated daily, and after the first few weeks, I couldn't keep up with it and it became a lot of work to remember. Last year I did 1 boy helper and 1 girl helper each day. I found helper necklace badges that they got to wear throughout the day and it helped me and the kids remember who the helpers were. I like changing them daily, rather than weekly, so more students can be helpers throughout the week.


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I have 2 daily helpers that I call "Lucky Ducks." I rotate my helpers daily. I put pictures of ducks above the kids coat hooks and simply move them down one space every day. I absolutely can't stand job charts and I have found this system to be great! I don't have them do any specific job, but anything I need done during the day I call on my lucky ducks.
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Every time I've heard that a teacher gave every student a job...I thought that is insane and I could never manage it! We are a Leader in Me school and I wanted to give EVERY student a chance to lead in some way. I started out only having a couple of jobs, but after we got into the school routine, every child had a job. I thought about each student's strength and gave them a job that I thought they would be good at! It was awesome that I didn't have to pass out snacks, pick up lunch cards, etc. The children kept the job for about a month and once they got good at the job, they were able to train the next person that had that job. The kids were AMAZING little leaders and really gave me more time to focus on other things!
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Old 07-03-2014, 07:55 PM
 
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I think I would do daily helpers, rather than weekly, if I was going to pick two students. Just so they wouldn't have to wait so long. I have enough jobs for half my students and they rotate weekly. It really isn't much to manage as the jobs are super easy and after the first few weeks they all know what they all do.
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Love all the input!
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Oh, thank you for all your input. I love that everyone has a different point of view.

I have to admit that I am the worst at remembering who has what job and then I have the kids reminding me and I end up looking like I don't have it all together.

I do agree about the kindergarteners being unable to wait for that long. I had 7 jobs last year and it was torture for those who had to wait for 6 weeks or so to get back to being a helper.

I like the idea of choosing a job based on talents/strengths and letting them do that job for a month, but then I have to figure something out for calendar. I also like the necklace idea for the daily helpers, but does that give them enough time to master a job before handing it over to someone new?

So much to consider...Thank you all so much for your help!
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I agree that it is difficult for young children to wait. I have had daily helpers for several years and it has been one of the best choices I've made. My kids sign in with a "name ticket" they write each morning and put it into a pocket chart next to a printed version I've made on the computer. There is a pocket chart for girls and one for boys, side by side. The daily helpers have a plastic circle next to their name that shows they are the helper. We move the circle down at the end of each day until we have to start over at the top. If someone is absent, we give them their turn when they come back. The boy and girl helpers aid me in our morning routine with the calendar, etc. and do anything that needs to be done ALL DAY! They are the line leaders, paper passers, clean-up time checkers, etc. It has worked really well and there is nothing to keep track of, no b-board to change. New students just get added into the rotation without any fuss.


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Classroom Helpers :)
Old 07-05-2014, 03:43 PM
 
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I never had a problem with this. All of the students had a job and I changed them once a month. I always had between 24 to 26 students.

1. 4- Door holders - a lot of doors in our building.
2. 2- Nurses- This way if the child has to stay with the nurse the two students can walk back together.
3. 2 - Weather people they would get the thermometer from outside the classroom door one would read the thermometer the other would tell me what kind of clouds were in the sky and the prediction for next day
4- 1- Number of the day (Counting School Days)
5- 1 -Person tells what day of the week it is
6. 1 - Person does the calendar date
7. 1- Person feeds the fish
8. 1 - One person informs us of which special we have that day.
9. 2 -Line leaders
10. 1- Person turns out lights and closes door.
11. 2- Librarians (Keep books neat and in order.
12. 1 - Person who leads the classroom rules each morning.
13. 2- People who help pass out items like paper, crayons, pencils....
14. 2- Messengers these students escort students to office for early dismissal or to take notes to office.
15. 4 - Table wipers (we have breakfast and snack in the classroom.

I put the jobs in a pocket chart and all I have to do is switch the names around once a month.
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:06 PM
 
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At the beginning of last year I had jobs that rotated weekly so everyone had a job and personally it was too confusing for me to keep track of and the kids couldn't remember what their job was, plus it ate up time trying to change jobs, etc.

Then the second half of the year I had a king and queen each day (a boy and girl helper) they did all the jobs then the honor was passed to the next kids. MUCH BETTER. They ran calendar, passed out/collected papers, led prayers, and were my line leaders. The day after your turn at king/queen you were second in line to be the door holders. This was SO much easier for me to manage and worked out fine because I had a small class (16 kids).

This upcoming year I was thinking of trying to have them be the helper for the whole week but I'm still undecided... reading these responses have gotten me thinking...

I think overall it's one of those things that depends on you, your school culture, your teaching style, your management system, even the kids you have in your class that year. This system worked good for me but something else might be better for you. Good luck!!!
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Old 07-12-2014, 10:03 PM
 
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I agree with others that kinders need quicker turns so weekly is out. Daily works much better plus if someone is absent it's easy to pick another. I just do Student of the Day who gets to do any and all jobs I need and if we need anyone else they get to choose another person. I don't have set "jobs"--more management than I want to bother with. My SOTD is line leader, collector if necessary, pass out person, gatherer for materials, etc., whatever I need. They also get to have a stuffed dog (Danny from Mia Coulton's Danny Books) sit at their table. We use the SOTD's name to learn letters and sounds and make a book for them. they get to decide the equation of the day.

It is very hard for kinders to wait and I also pick my SOTD quite randomly from name sticks because then they all pay better attention. We connect all letter/sounds to their name and words on their clothing which gives me an opportunity to discuss all kinds of things in contexts that are meaningful to them....i.e., many have OSHKOSH on their clothing and we write it on the board, underline the 'sh' and practice saying it together, listening for that /sh/ sound. Sometimes we can connect that to someone else's name---Sharon, Josh, etc...I love how these can be very spontaneous and in the moment as it seems to stick with them better than when I used to do lessons on these according to the introduction scope/sequence in my given curriculum.
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I am a SOTD convert too :)
Old 07-13-2014, 02:28 PM
 
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I line my kids up by number from 0-20, etc. The guy on zero is the Student of the Day who does all jobs in the classroom as student or teacher assistant. So, #1 is the leader (moves to the leader spot when in line), paper person, lights, art supply delivery person, and any other jobs we have. The next day #2 is the leader, and so on. When we reach the last person, we start again with #19,#18, and so on until we reach #1 again. It all works out because the persons who had to wait the longest have the shorter wait to be leader when we begin again, so...from 1-20, 19-1, 2-20, 19-1. My line is also alphabetical, and if someone moves we shift forward by one, which makes for a great lesson on learning a new number. If you use numbers for behavior systems, that number will also shift if someone moves. I love numbering students. We count forward and backward, by 2s, 5s and 10s. It works well for me. As far as not waiting goes, I have the SOTD to choose someone to be an assistant helper for the day (we use a can with popsicle sticks with names). This satisfies students who have to wait until it is their turn. If a student pulls his own name from the can, he returns it and tries again. Only students who haven't had a turn to be the helper's helper can be in the can. As soon as all have been pulled, I throw the sticks back in and we begin again. It's random, but it also satisfies the need to go sooner than when their numerical turn comes up.
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