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. These forms are in Microsoft Excel format/97-2003. Name Tags are in Microsoft Word. I also included the fourth grade version of the ELA standards needed for the Standards Supervisor in Word with the labels in Microsoft Publisher. That way you can create your own for your grade level as needed.
Job titles are given that closely resemble real life careers. There is a page that explains each job. I started using these with 5th 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. It is refreshing to watch students bring new ideas to each duty they undertake and add a new twist to the “job descriptions”. Many of the jobs require a report to be made during morning meeting (which we called “Conference Time”). Some reports are given daily and some once or twice a week depending on time available. When I moved to 2nd grade, I tweaked the forms a little bit, and students were to keep records and report on class successes or areas where improvement was needed. I included an extra Recorder sheet with some headings left blank so you could have students keep record of daily successes or happenings in your room.
I put the tags in the plastic name holder tags that clip on. 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.
I welcome any advice and critique on making this product better. If you have any questions, please ask! I would love to hear stories of how you were able to use these in your classroom. You can check out the Grade Four Common Core ELA for the Standards Supervisor job. I offer it for free in PDF form and for a small charge in Word/Publisher/and Excel form.