While deciding, I also take into account ‘experience’…
As I choose jobs, I quickly write the chosen jobs on the top of each application. This makes it really easy to announce the jobs to the class. When announcing jobs, I *REALLY* talk up the jobs that were not first-choices…like “These two friends are the ONLY friends who I will teach to sharpen pencils. They will help us learn everyday and will be in charge of collecting and sharpening our learning tools. Without these ladies, we couldn’t learn!” *insert oohhhs and ahhhs* (But really, this works like a charm and the friends who didn’t get their first choice now LOVE their jobs. Another reason, 1st grade is awesome.)
As I announce jobs, I hand applications back to students, and they put the applications in their Leadership Binders.
Over the next few days, the training takes place. Although many of the jobs have been taught before this, I do re-teach every job for the employee. I explicitly teach every procedure because classroom jobs can either be amazing or a total pain. From how many pumps of hand sanitizer, to which button turns on the light (always 3 and never anything else because the lights are WAY to high tech for us) to the stacking order of iPads, students always rise to the occasion of their job!
You can grab our classroom job application here if you’re interested in using it in your own classroom or just looking for some job ideas! (The application isn’t editable at this time #backtoschoolisexhausting!)
How do you manage jobs in your classroom? Does every student have a job? How often do you trade jobs? I’d love to hear about your system!