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Student Classroom Jobs And Roles

Do you assign each of your students classroom jobs? Some teachers feel like this is often more trouble than it's worth. They view it as "just one more thing to keep track of and supervise." But if you take the time to teach your students HOW to perform their jobs you'll be amazed at how much other aspects of your classroom can improve too!

Image with a bulletin board containing classroom job cards with text "Classroom Jobs - are they worth it?"

Classroom Jobs Are Worth It!


Like any other aspect of teaching, there is a fair amount of work involved in getting your classroom running like a well-oiled machine. Every procedure that you want your students to do requires teaching and practice.

Classroom jobs for students are no exception. But the result will be a classroom that is neat and tidy, with students that are able to find what they need when they need it, are ready to leave at the end of the day without a chaotic rush, and are invested in the daily running of the classroom.

The best part of assigning classroom jobs to your students is that you can transfer the responsibility of the daily routines of the classroom to them. They'll feel ownership of their classroom. An immediate benefit for you as the teacher is that you'll be able to teach without interruption. Instead of asking the class who would like to do a certain job and getting 30 hands frantically waving in the air, your students will already know who performs which jobs and you can seamlessly slide into your next activity.

Designing A Useful System


Here are some tips and ideas to help make your student jobs system almost effortless!

1. First, you'll need a way to display your jobs and the names of the students.

  • Pocket charts are a simple but effective means of display. Students will be able to move their names around easily when you rotate jobs. Just make sure you can see it from anywhere in the room so that you'll be able to call on the helper you need.

2. Then, write down a list of all of the routine tasks that you do each day. You might be surprised how long this list is when you actually write it down!

  • The jobs should be able to be performed without teacher direction once the students learn them.
  • You may find yourself adding and deleting jobs as the year goes on.
  • Try to have a job for each student in your class.
  • There might be some jobs that can have 2 students assigned to them. An example could be the board erasers or snack helpers.
  • Have a "Teacher's Helper" for random jobs that may come up unexpectedly.

3. Decide how the jobs will be assigned.

  • Rotating jobs after a certain amount of time is a good way to make sure that everyone gets to do each job at least once. A possible problem with this approach is rotating too often - students need to do their job often enough and long enough so that it become almost second nature. This ensures that the classroom runs smoothly.
  • You can allow students to choose their own jobs. You'll need to decide how to determine in which order students choose - discuss this with your class so that they'll know ahead of time. For example, you could use the criteria of who needed the least reminding about their job the week before. Getting students on board with this before choosing will help avoid any complaints.

4. How long will students keep their jobs?

  • Keeping their jobs for at least a week is recommended. This helps ensure that students can really learn to do them properly and the jobs then become routine.

Successful implementation of classroom jobs will empower your students and allow them to feel ownership of their classroom. It doesn't hurt to take some of the routine tasks off of your plate either!

Do you have any ideas or tips to share on a classroom job system? I'd love to hear them!

I designed these cute classroom job cards with a building blocks theme.  I just love how bright and cheerful they turned out!  I tried to include as many jobs as I could think of, to take the work out of the task for you.  The pack also contains an editable option with and without images, should you wish to add your own job titles and/or images. This editable option requires the use of PowerPoint, so you can type your own text.  To edit the job cards, open the file, click the text box provided, choose a font, type your text and print! I have provided a set of simple instructions to help you along the way!

You can either set up a bulletin board with jobs and student names, or create a clip chart and add named clothespins.

Legos-themed bunting (standard and large sized) is included in the pack to give a cohesive look to your display area.

LIST OF CLASSROOM JOBS:
  • caboose
  • calendar monitor
  • clean up monitor
  • door holder
  • librarian
  • line leader
  • lunch monitor
  • messenger
  • pencil pal
  • table wiper
  • teacher’s helper
  • energy patrol
  • attendance monitor
  • bathroom monitor - boy
  • bathroom monitor - girl
  • board eraser
  • chair stacker
  • litter monitor
  • paper passer
  • plant monitor
  • pledge leader
  • recycling monitor
  • substitute
  • sweeper
  • weather reporter
  • tech support
  • first aid helper
  • germ patrol
  • homework monitor
  • journal helper
  • mat helper
  • message board helper
  • pet helper
  • bell ringer
  • sink monitor
  • snack helper
  • book bag helper
  • book collector
  • post master
  • shoe helper
  • sign holder
  • supply monitor
  • milk monitor
  • art assistant
  • photographer
  • recess helper
  • spill crew
  • water monitor
  • backpack helper
  • news reporter
  • desk inspector
  • time keeper
  • centers organizer
  • media assistant
  • hall monitor
  • cubby keeper
  • file manager
  • secretary
  • lunch count
  • greeter
  • ipad monitor
  • score keeper
  • quiet patrol
  • class reader
  • equipment helper
  • banker
  • class cheerleader
  • lunchbox monitor
  • table captain
  • class pointer
  • fountain monitor
  • vest helper





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Fun Ways to Teach Color Words

Recognizing color words is an important skill for young students. Colors are everywhere and the words for the colors are used in texts, stories and songs over and over again. 

But it's not just learning the color sight words that's important. While our students are learning to differentiate colors they are also learning letter recognition, sight words and other higher level sorting skills. These skills will serve them well as they advance through the grade levels.

Memorizing color words is possible, of course. But you can make this much more fun for your students by incorporating some activities and games into their learning.

Image of color words classroom games and centers
 

Color Words Games and Activities


The activities listed here are fun for students and hands-on.  Just be prepared ... some of them might be a little messy!

1. Color Concentration - this is a fun game that does take a little bit of prep time, but once you have the cards made you can use them over and over again.

For this game, you'll need two sets of cards - one with the colors alone and one with the color words. You can use blank index cards to make these.

Set all the cards face down on the table. Students turn over two cards at a time, either reading them or saying the color. If the two cards match, the student keeps the cards and gets a point. Continue until all cards are matched - the student with the most points at the end wins.

You can make this game a bit harder for older students. One way to do this is to make the backs of the color cards all one color and then make the back of the word cards another color. Students pick one of each card so they know they'll always get a color and a word.

Another way to increase the difficulty level is to keep the cards all the same color on the back, but then tell students they must have a word AND the matching color in order to keep them.

2. Scavenger Hunt - this traditional game is still a fun for younger students to play. Make flash cards for each of the color sight words that you are working with. Simply hold up a card and pull a student's name. That student says the card out loud and then must then find something in the classroom that matches the color.

You can change this up a bit by limiting where in the room the students can find the objects. For example, it must be something that someone is wearing or the object must be in the front half of the room, etc.

3. Color Mix Activity - this is one of those messy activities, but of course the kids will love it! You can do this one either with finger paints, water color paints, or water colored with food coloring. Whichever medium you use, you'll need the three primary colors.

You'll also need worksheets with the color sight words written like "red + blue = _______." Kids will need to read the words in order to know what colors to mix and then write what they end up with. Reading and writing in one activity!

The idea here is basically for the students to mix the primary colors together one at a time to discover what color they turn when mixed. The finger paints and water colors can just be done on construction paper. If you opt for the colored water you'll need clear water for the kids to pour the colored water into.
Have you tried any of these activities?  Let me know in the comments!
Click on the image below to grab some FREE interactive games to help your students learn their color words!



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