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  1. TexFW1

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    I am new to 2nd grade this year (moved up from Kinder). I am thinking of doing class jobs. In Kinder everyone had a job and changed weekly. I am thinking of having fewer jobs, having students fill out applications (good writing practice) listing 1st and 2nd choice and rotating every 6 weeks. Not sure if I shouldn't have a job for everyone so no one feels left out. Advice?
     
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  3. waterfall

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    I've been thinking about this also. I'm not sure I'll be able to come up with a job for everyone. I was thinking of just having my set list of jobs and rotating through. I don't think your idea is a bad one- it's just not something I'd want to take on right now with everything else at the beginning of the year!

    Would you (or anyone else) mind sharing what your jobs are? Here's what I've come up with so far, but I'm sure there are things I'm missing.

    Pick up trash
    Sharpen pencils
    Pass out papers
    Put mail in boxes
    Clean chalkboard
    Clean whiteboard

    I'm thinking I could give "trash" to a couple of kids...I was also thinking of having a couple of kids clean desks, but I remember some business in my home state about teachers not being able to have cleaning supplies in their classrooms. I know we're allowed to have them here, but is someone going to freak out if I give a kid a clorox wipe?
     
  4. Ilovesummer

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    I choose to give every student a job, and change them monthly. There are a few jobs that are given to 2 students at a time such as grounds crew (picks things up off of the floor at the end of the day) Some of my other jobs are:
    dust bunny (uses a duster to dust tables and book shelves)
    board eraser
    courier (takes things to other places in the school)
    table wiper (uses a wipe to clean tables at the end of the day)
    paper distributer
    paper collector
    pencil sharpener
    hall monitor
    door closer
    lights switcher
    line leader
    teacher's assistant (helps with any random task that doesn't fit any other job)
    substitute (fills in if any other student is absent or unable to do their job)
    I can't remember what all the others are. I had to be creative to get enough for every student, but I definitely prefer to have a job for each one.
     
  5. TexFW1

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    Here are the jobs and descriptions that I have for twenty students to each have a job. I have a Hollywood theme.

    Publicist – Grab 1 extra of everything handed out for the day for absent student. Place all materials in blue “We Missed You” folder and place on their desk at the end of the day .
    Prerequisite: Must have good handwriting. Must be alert during the day and stay on top of what is assigned.

    Stand In– takes over job of absent student for the length of absence.
    Prerequisite: Must be responsible and able to fill in for all jobs.

    Script Manager – keep library tidy.
    Prerequisite: Must have a love for books. Must be organized.

    Assistant Script Manager – help keep library tidy.
    Prerequisite: Must have a love for books. Must be organized.

    Stage Manager - deliver messages/books wherever needed in school at any time
    Prerequisite: Must know way around the school. Must be professional. Must be trustworthy.

    Mail Carier – file (into mailboxes) papers from the “graded” bin
    Prerequisite: Must be quick with hands. Must be responsible.

    Assistant Mail Carier - Puts papers in 1-20 order. Pull out “no name” papers and give to teacher.
    Prerequisite: Must be good at counting.

    Visual Effects Director– check floor for staples, paper clips scraps, etc. Prerequisite: Must have good eyes.

    Visual Effects Assistant Director– assists visual effects director in checking floor for staples, paper clips scraps, etc. Prerequisite: Must have good eyes.

    Custodial Director– clean surfaces like counters, desks, etc. Gently wipe down blue chairs, rocker, and stool.
    Prerequisite: Must know how to operate spray bottles.
    Usher – greet guests at door if we are expecting someone. Escort them to their seat. Helps out the “guest teacher” if needed.
    Prerequisite: Must love people. Must have a good memory to remember what you have been directed to say/do when they arrive.
    Technology Director– Helps students with computer problems center time.
    Prerequisite: Must know how to start/sign on to computer.

    Assistant Technology Director– Assists the Technology Directory if there is more than one needing help or if he/she is absent.
    Prerequisite: Must know how to start/sign on to computer.

    Key Grip – keeps lockers tidy. Alert students when things are on floor, etc
    Prerequisite: Must keep own locker organized. Must be comfortable with approaching other classmates.

    Script manager 1 & 2– pass out new material to each student
    Prerequisite: Must know how to maneuver around the classroom. Must not be scared of paper cuts.

    Stage Door 1 - holds doors open while class passes through
    Prerequisite: Must be strong enough to hold open a door. Must smile often.

    Classroom Relations– willing to help out for small scuffles if students request you, instead of the teacher.
    Prerequisite: Must know right from wrong. Must have people skills. Must be a good listener. Must be caring.

    Class Pet Caretaker–make sure that class pets have fresh food and water (bottled water) every day.
    Prerequisite: Must be responsible. Must be caring.

    Assistant Nurse– gets bandaid for students who have small cuts. Assist students who need to go to the nurse.
    Prerequisite: Must have people skills. Must be a good listener. Must be caring. Must be responsible.
     
  6. TerriInCa

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    I am just doing 2 people with "jobs: this year. President & Vice President. (something I saw on Pinterest) They will switch each day.
     
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    I have half as any jobs as kids...and change jobs each week.
     
  8. TexFW1

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    Thanks for all the feedback. I have decided to go with 10 jobs, all other students will be stand ins. I will switch every 6 weeks. Less upkeep for me, students will get proficient at their jobs. and I will have them fill out an application for their top three choices. They will get paid in class bucks and may be "fired" for excessive rule breaking. Standins will get paid a minimum and will receive more if they fill in or assist students. Note: I recieved a grant from Pets in the Classroom to purchase pets and supplies. check out their website. The application and requirements are easy and the kids love having a class pet.


    Script Manager – keep library tidy. Pass out new material to each student. May choose a helper from stand-in group each day.
    Prerequisite: Must have a love for books. Must be organized.

    Stage Manager - deliver messages/books wherever needed in school at any time.
    Prerequisite: Must know way around the school. Must be professional. Must be trustworthy.

    Mail Carier – Puts papers in 1-20 order. Pull out “no name” papers and give to teacher. File (into mailboxes) papers from the “graded” bin. May choose a helper from stand-in group each day.
    Prerequisite: Must be quick with hands. Must be responsible.

    Visual Effects Director– check floor for staples, paper clips scraps, etc. May choose a helper from stand-in group each day.
    Prerequisite: Must have good eyes.

    Custodial Director– clean surfaces like counters, desks, etc. Gently wipe down blue chairs, rocker, and stool. keeps lockers tidy. Alert students when things are on floor, etc. May choose a helper from stand-in group each day.
    Prerequisite: Must keep own locker organized. Must be comfortable with approaching other classmates. Must know how to operate spray bottles.

    Usher – greet guests at door if we are expecting someone. Escort them to their seat. Helps out the “guest teacher” if needed.
    Prerequisite: Must love people. Must have a good memory to remember what you have been directed to say/do when they arrive.

    Technology Director– Helps students with computer problems center time.
    Prerequisite: Must know how to start/sign on to computer.

    Stage Door Director - holds doors open while class passes through.
    Prerequisite: Must be strong enough to hold open a door. Must smile often.

    Lighting Director – turns off classroom light and assists Stage Door Director with doors leading to outside of building.
    Prerequisite: Must be strong enough to hold open a door. Must smile often.
    Must be responsible and able to fill in for all jobs.

    Pet Director: Take care of food and water for class pet (hermit crabs)
    Prerequisite: Must be responsible and gentle with pet.


    Stand Ins– take over job of absent student for the length of absence. May be called on to assist directors.
    Prerequisite: Must be responsible and able to fill in for all jobs. May only assist with one job per day.
     
  9. queenie

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    I give every student a job and switch them out on Fridays for the next week. Works well for us!
     
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    Another job I like is student assistant.
    Students go to this person before me for things such as help opening glue, where to put a paper, or what time is the assembly.
     
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    I usually have about 6 jobs and 18 kids, we change every week so everyone has a job once every 3 weeks.

    I wait a few weeks into the year and have the kids decide what the jobs are. They usually end up having 1 or 2 line leaders, librarian, floor sweeper, paper passer, messenger... sometimes a mailbox person, toy basket carrier, door holder...
     
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    Here is what I discovered long ago: No matter what the jobs are, be sure they can ALL either be completed during clean up time or that NONE of them are clean up jobs. It gets too confusing!

    This year, my jobs are not clean up jobs at all. For clean up, I set the timer for 5 minutes, give the kids at one table group the wipes (they do tables) and everyone else picks up the floor, straightens the shelves, etc.

    My jobs are:
    Pencil sharpener
    Door Holder
    Line Leader
    Lights
    Screen (for our projector)
    Messengers 1 and 2
    Medical Helper
    Environmentalist 1 and 2 (they do the compost!)
    Front door)
    Back door (making sure it's closed/open)
    Greeter (welcoming people to the classroom)
    Vacation
    2 alternates in case of absence
    Attendance

    I have a few others. I have jobs for everyone, but I only have 16 students.

    In terms of how it works and who does what, I am going to tell the children three different methods that I approve of and we will discuss and vote:

    Apply for the two jobs you want and then we switch every month.

    We give each person a job they are happy with (I do this by offering jobs and seeing whose hand goes up. They either get it if no one else wants it, I draw names, or they negotiate) and they will keep the job for 4 weeks.

    Or we change jobs weekly or bi-weekly. Everyone will get one turn at each job (two turns at the jobs with two positions) in the first half of the year, and then we go again and they get a second turn. The last couple of weeks of school, we will switch daily.)
     
  13. iteachbx

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    I'm in 3rd- I'll have about 6 kids that don't have jobs at a time. Last year in 4th they kept the jobs for 2 months.

    Sometimes not giving a child a job was a wake up call for their behavior. "You have not shown me that you are responsible enough to have a job right now." Other times I simply told them we had to give someone else a turn for a job and they would have a new job next time. I made sure if someone didn't have a job they always got a job the next time.

    I don't just simply rotate because not every kid can do every job. For example, the library is a pretty involved one. I'm trying to make it a little easier this year, but it requires a much more organized child. Closets is one for the lower students, all they have to do is remember to close the closets. The secretary is the only person allowed to answer the classroom phone. This child needs to be articulate and responsible. So this can't be just any child. I let them apply for jobs at the beginning of the year and explain why they'd be good for that job. After that they just jot down 3 choices instead of taking as much time writing about why they should have each job. (By that time I know who's good for each job as well!)
     

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