Classroom Jobs - Students Feel Important & My Life is Easier!!

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This is the third week of school for me and I am just getting into the "groove." I'm still figuring out the balance of keeping my blog updated and managing other parts of my life now that the days of "sitting on the couch in my PJs and blogging" are over! Any tips or suggestions????

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Classroom Occupation (Job) Postings - I have the occupation titles available for download on my TPT store.


I wanted to share something new I started this year in my class. I have always had classroom jobs, but in the past I assigned classroom jobs to my students based on what I thought they would want. Because of this, some would lose interest after the first week, but not this year! I gave them an application and they had to complete it on their own time. This meant that had to apply for the job they wanted and think about why they would be good at that job. Students selected their top three jobs, and all but three students got their top three picks (these three students turned in their app. 1 day late). I have been watching my kiddos take their jobs VERY seriously! Them taking the jobs seriously means my life is easier! The titles of these jobs aren't your typical "Line Leader", and "Teacher Helper"- They have been spiced up with names like "Secretary" and "Directional Specialist"! 
Application the students use to apply for classroom jobs - I have the application available for download on my TPT store.


I have a classroom occupation binder too. This binder lists all the jobs and what the duties include. This binder is in the classroom library so students can access this and read them at anytime.




These are 2 of the 13 pages from the Classroom Occupation Binder that describes each classroom job. I have the occupation  titles and descriptions available for download on my TPT store.

9 comments:

  1. I think that anything that makes life easier in the classroom is amazing which is why I have been doing this for the last few years. The thing I love most is that it prepares them for the real world. My students filled out their applications last week and started their new job on Tuesday. I had students leave spaces blank so they didn't get one of their 3 choices. How long do you have them keep their jobs? Mine keep theirs for a month.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Katrina
    Teacherofscholars.blogspot.com

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    1. For a suggestion for another job is Substitute. They are responsible for taking over for any student who is absent. So you never have to worry about things not getting done.

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    2. I like that idea! I need to add Substitute ... I have kids that are absent a lot too! So that would really help me! I usually let them keep their jobs for a least a month - I like them to get familiar with the duties. It really varies depending on the job and student how long they keep it. I let students request to change positions. For example, they are request to switch with someone who wants to switch. Thanks for the input Katrina!!! = )

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  2. i am your newest follower! i found you on pinterest and absolutely love your ideas-inspirational!

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  3. I am also struggling to get in the groove of school and I have been back for a month now! :/ It's been so busy that I feel like I'm just surviving some days! Ha! Love your job application!

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  4. Oooo the application for occupations in the classroom is a fabulous idea! Congrats!

    I am your newest follower!

    Alison
    Teaching Maths with Meaning

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    Jamie

    Sparkle in Second

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  6. I just stumbled upon this via Pinterest. I also have jobs and have my students fill out an application. A couple of things I do differently... 1st - after filling out the applications, I then have my students interview for their job of choice. We talk about interviewing, I have them speak to their parents about it - then they have a few days to prepare. On their day, they must come "dressed" for the job and prepared. It's pretty cool. The other thing I do differently, is I don't really change jobs (although someone can be fired if the class agrees they aren't performing to the best of their ability). I was changing jobs every month or 2, but I found that I was always giving directions and "showing" new students how to do the job. In order for my life to be easier - the kiddos need to know what the are doing :) :) :)

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