I wrote a post last week asking for advice, ideas, quotes, and best wishes for my daughter who begins her first year of teaching next Monday. I have really appreciated the responses and learned from them.
One veteran teacher and friend sent a link for practical suggestions for many beginning activities setting up classroom jobs. Students request classroom jobs using a job application. This is a great idea for building a community spirit within your classroom and teaching real-world job application skils. Click here to read more
You no doubt have your list of Classroom Helper Jobs.
Here is a partial list of some of the classroom jobs I assigned to students:
1.) Greeter(s) (1-2 students stood with me at the door and handled extra books/coats/projects/requests) This is best assigned first to someone who usually arrives early to class.
2.) Technology Assistant (1-2 students who checked that the computer, whiteboard, and printer were turned-on, dusted and the paper was filled with paper).
3.) Writer, Make-up Calendar (1 student who filled in the highlights of the days’ assignments in our make-up calendar.)
4.) Tutor (1-2 students who were available to inform an absent student about what he/she missed)
5.) Lunch ticket counter
6.) Supply Monitor (1-2 students to place the days’ supplies-books, art supplies, maps, worksheets, websites addresses out and ready)
7.) Publicity (one student to use the classroom disposable camera to snap “the learning moment”) I liked using disposable cameras for this job because I could control when the pictures were developed and when/if the were distributed.
8.) Graphic Artist-Bulletin Board (1-2 students to plan and design one bulletin board and keep it updated)
9.) Receptionist (1 student to answer the phone in the classroom. A sample telephone script was written on a card near the phone for students to say.)
10.) Collections Agent (1-2 students to collect papers, projects, printouts from students and deposit them in designated areas in our room)
What jobs would you add to this list?