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Every September, I have my students fill out job applications to officially apply for classroom jobs. They get so excited to pitch in around the classroom with daily duties ranging from Pencil Sharpener to Energy Monitor (the person in charge of turning the lights on and off throughout the day). I love class jobs because the program helps teach my students to take responsibility for the state of our classroom.

Here's how to assign classroom jobs to your students, complete with the job application I use and a list of possible job titles.

Did I miss any important (or just plain fun) job titles for elementary school students?


September 10, 2008 at 10:22 am
(1) Lindsey Barrett says:

This is such a great idea. Assigning jobs to each student helps teach them learn important life skills. Classroom jobs help students to become more responsible, take pride in their work, and even set priorities. I would also like to point out another perk of classroom jobs. If a student finishes his or her work early then they can move on to completing their job. This keeps students busy and also promotes them to do something good rather than disrupt their classmates who may still working. Also have you ever thought of taking this assingment one step further? You could have the students earn an income for their jobs. They would be able to practice counting, spending, and saving their money.

September 12, 2008 at 11:00 am
(2) Mary Ann Williams says:

I love the idea of using actul job applications. It must give the kids such a feeling of responsibility. This will really teach the kids about having job and taking job responsibility in the real world when they get older. GREAT IDEA!!

September 16, 2008 at 7:44 pm
(3) Laurie Harmon says:

I have a job for every student. The jobs change each month. The jobs include President, Banker (we do class money to use at class auctions), Librarian, Door Holder, Courier (takes and pick up things in other places), Distributor (hands out papers), Gotcha Patrol (hands out rewards for stars by their name on the board), Computer experts (turn on and off computers), Homework Checkers (mark the chart for returned homework reading), Pet Keepers, Note Takers (fill in a form of assignments for absent students) and Auctioneers. I have two students for each job.

October 7, 2008 at 12:33 pm
(4) mpoole says:

Having classroom jobs is a great idea! I think there should be enough jobs for every student, and if one student happens to get “fired” you can give the rest of the students an opportunity to apply for the open position. The student that got fired could then take any of the other open positions. This teaches responsibility, which is something that many children lack these days. I think giving out paper money is a great idea also. You could have some toys or free homework passses that students could buy with their paper money. This would motivate students to earn more money and do their job better.

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