I have my students erase/wash chalkboards, straighten up bookshelves, be sure the closet is cleared out the end of each day, check the floors, clap erasers; I also assign students to be sure materials from centers are straightened up...my students love any kind of job I give them to do. Hope that helps you!
I have my students do all kinds of jobs!! They are old enough to be able to do lots of things around the clasroom. Especially since I try to encourage the owership of our room so that the attitudes of the kids aren't that I should be picking up or doing things for them. I often mention to them that this is "our classroom" where we are to do our job, therefore we must keep it organized.
Here are a few examples of the jobs in Room 15:
- Supplier (in charge of getting out the bins of markers, pencils, etc. and putting them away)
- Fish Feeder
- Lunch Monitor (takes lunch count for me)
- Pencil Monitor (calls groups up to the pencil sharpener in the morning)
- Environmental Control (turns the air/heater on and off)
- Teacher's Assistant or T.A. (helps me with anything, such as running something to the office or another classroom)
- Flag Patriot (leads the flag salute)
- Secretary (answers the phone, which I clearly teach them how to do at the beginning of the year!)
- Homework Collector
- Mailman/woman- (place corrected papers into student "mailbox")
- Grounds Keeper- (at the end of the day they look around the floor and kindly ask students to pick up trash, etc.)
Those are the few I can think of off the top of my head. Plus, most of the kids love helping. Everyone does something small and the job gets done!! Hope this helps...
Librarian - makes sure the class shelves are tidy
Line leader - I teach them at the beginning of the year where our "stops" are as we walk through the school.
Flagger - changes the sign on the door (stating where our class is)
Monitor - walks with the clipboard giving checks to those following hallway rules
Postmaster - puts stuff in their "mailboxes" to go home
Thanks so much for the extensive list. I love that the grounds keeper asks others to pick up the papers. I will be using all of these great ideas. I also love having a student fill in the missing work for the absent child.
Teacher Assistant (T.A.) they sit in a special desk in my classroom for the week. They run errands, pass out papers, staple things for me, anything that i need done. My students LOVE being the T.A. I use popsicle sticks with student numbers on them and have the previous pick a stick to determine who will be the next weeks t.a.
I also have a board washer, floor sweeper, and a chair person. By far though my students love the t.a. position. When the popsicle sticks are chosen you would think the kids were waiting to see if they had won the lottery!!
Art Historian: posts student art on a designated bulletin board Classroom Historians: create a scrapbook Botanist: waters plants Paper Pushers: distributes the handouts Philosopher: posts a "thought for the week" Lexicographer: posts a new vocabulary word each week Keep 'Em Guessing: teams of two come up with an estimation activity - (each team once a month). Example - How many beans in the jar? Auction Cashiers: I pay "froggy bucks" for jobs, as well as 15 per each week with no late work. Once a month we have an auction and twice a year we have a flea market. Reference Shelf Organizer: organizes the shelf when needed Game Shelf Organizer: organizes the shelf after indoor recess days Classroom Librarians: organizes the classroom library World News Reporter: once or twice a week, this person shares some news from outside our village. Local News Reporter: once or twice a week, this person shares some news from inside our village, but outside our school. Classroom Photographer: takes still pictures and assists with some video projects. Evening Custodian: makes sure desks are up and clutter is off the floors at the end of the day. Milk Monitor: gets milk each day for break Classroom Choreographers: I have these battery operated singing animals. The choreographers make up movement and then teach it to the class for when we take brain breaks. Cartographers: make large maps to go with our history, reading, and sometimes science lessons.
I like everyone to have a job so here's my list for you to work from. I have a classified ads section as my background. Then I dressed it up with some stickers. All of the jobs are down the side. The studen's names are each on a clothes pin. Then I just move it down one and bottom to top each Monday or Friday PM.
Back-up Noise Monitor- Helps keep the noise level down in the classroom especially in the morning while the teacher checks notebooks
Lunch count/ Attendance Secretary- take daily lunch count and attendance
Emissary- Passes out corrected papers to students or to their mailboxes
Emissary- Passes out corrected papers to students or to their mailboxes
Chalkboard Engineer- washes the chalkboard nightly, neatly writes up daily assignments
Eraser Cleaner- Washes the erasers
Notebook Stamper- Dates notebooks daily
Friday Folder Manager 1- Coordinates and hands out Friday folders
Friday Folder Manager 2- Coordinates and hands out Friday folders
Experiment equipment engineer 1- Washes Science dishes and cleans sink area
Experiment equipment engineer 2- Dries Science dished and cleans sink area
Sanitation Commissioner- Makes sure the floors are neat and tidy
Chair Stacker- Stack stray chairs and those of absent students
Librarian- Keeps the library area neat and organized, covers and puts stickers on books
Administrative Assistant- Runs errands for the teacher, passes out the tickets daily and draws the winners at the end of the week
Classroom noise monitor- Helps keep the noise level down in the classroom especially in the morning while the notebooks are being set up and Spelling is worked on
Hallway Monitor- Stand in the hall and makes sure students don’t run or get too loud, watches the students as the class walks in the halls
Treasurer- Collects any monies collected for various classroom activities such as field trips.
Botanist- waters the classroom plants on Wednesdays and Fridays
Computer Technician- Turns off the computers at the end of the day, also turns the projector on and off
Time Monitor- Sets the time so the class doesn’t spend to much time working on one thing
Campbell’s Soup Label Cutter- Cuts the barcode of the label and places it in the container by the sink
Afternoon Attendance- Takes attendance in the afternoon and places it in the clear pouch outside the door
I also like to have a job for every one of my students so that at the end of the day, everyone is working together to take responsibility for our classroom. This year, I revamped it a little because of the class I had this past year. Unfortunately, they were extremely lazy and did not take very good care of the classroom. I always had a handful of kids who would just stand around while others were doing their jobs and it grated on my last nerve.
I am instituting a bonus to those who do an exceptional job the entire month hoping that I can sort of push that on them. I have the SEI kids and I have noticed they lack motivation in quite a bit of activities...one for some reason being, taking care of the classroom. I sound like such a mean teacher...but it was a very rough year.
They have their job for a month and get paid then. The money is spent on things like lunch with the teacher, playing computer games during lunch, sitting with a friend, etc. I can never seem to keep up with classroom applications (which I tried) or classroom store stuff (too expensive for me after awhile).
Homework Collector (also in charge of monitoring Homeworkopoly when we play)
Absentee Advisor (keeps track of makeup work for absent kids)
Locker Police (checks lockers to make sure they are tidy)
Family Captain (person at each group who is responsible for gathering materials, etc.)
After seeing the other responses, I'm pretty sure I will be adding to my list for this school year!