Looking for a way to get jobs done in the classroom, boost self-direction, and increase community? This packet contains the recording charts and duty tags for children to use to accomplish various classroom jobs. There is also an excel document to help the teacher keep track of which children have had which jobs each week or month. Job titles are given that closely resemble real life careers. There is a page that explains each job. I started using these with fifth graders and they worked well. Students take their jobs seriously and enjoy the responsibility. I allowed students to take ownership of some of the parameters of the jobs. Sometimes I had a Sanitation Engineer who gave “tickets” to the people who had orderly desks and displayed their names on one wall. I had Compliment Coaches who would drum up business for themselves by leaving our compliment clouds on certain desks or going around during free time asking if anyone could think of a compliment they could give. Some reports are given daily during morning meeting (which we called “Conference Time”). Some reports are given once or twice a week depending on time available. When I moved to 2nd grade, I tweaked the forms a little bit, and students stepped up to the plate to keep records on the forms. Included you will find an extra Recorder sheet with some headings left blank so you could have students keep record of daily successes or happenings in your room.
Cut out the duty tags and put them in the plastic name holder tags that clip on or hang around the neck. The clip on ones worked best for us. The Duty Tag Monitor hands those out daily and makes sure they are collected each day. The students are so excited to have expectations and be trusted with their jobs. The Natural Information Officer uses Journey North to choose an animal or plant to observe daily (https://www.learner.org/jnorth/ ). The Meteorologist learns to use data at http://www.weather.com to fill in his/her information. We also kept track of sunrise and sunset this year in 2nd grade, but I did not make an extra column for that yet.
This can springboard into all kinds of data collection and graphs. The main advantage I saw was the motivation students had to complete whatever task they had to the best of their ability. They helped each other learn the various jobs after I helped the first crew. They would try to finish class work in order to do their tasks and learned to speak out and listen well to each other during conference time, even though some were shy and hard to hear at first. This helped so many of my students grow in self-confidence, which helped them in all their subjects. It also helped them make better decisions since they knew if they made too many poor choices in class they would not get a job. You can let them write down a few choices on jobs they would like to have periodically, too.
I welcome any advice and critique on making this product better. Please check out the free Grade Four Common Core ELA I CAN packet for the Standards Supervisor job. Even if you teach a different grade, it will give you an idea of ways to use that job title.