Classroom Jobs That Upper Elementary Students Love
By Kirsten Hammond
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Classroom jobs have changed a lot since 2020. We really had to be creative to have students help out in the classroom while also following social distancing protocols.
There were some positives of the pandemic! I found that many jobs we give to students are great to have on the days everyone is present and also on the days where there’s a stomach bug or flu going around.
The good news is that with a little creativity, these 12 can be given to promote student responsibility, independence, and a sense of community at any time of the school year!
Line Leader and Caboose
Both of these jobs will stand the test of time. The line leader stands at the front of the line and the caboose is always at the end.
This job can easily be done by the student visually scanning the floor at different points during the day.
You can have a student help you with attendance each day and remind you to submit attendance and take note of absent and/or tardy students.
Have a student keep track of who is buying a lunch in the cafeteria each day.
Have a student keep track of important transition times, such as when it is time to pack up, go to lunch or recess, or just when it’s time to move on to another subject.
Brain Break Leader
This student would be able to select a song or video or activity to play during brain break times.
Class Meeting Leader
This student would be in charge of facilitating the class meeting at the beginning or end of the day.
Social Distancing Monitor
The student would ensure students are social distancing when moving throughout the classroom, hallways, and other parts of the building.
This person can monitor who would go in and out of the restroom during class restroom breaks. You can have a boy and a girl monitor and ensure a set number of students are in the restroom at a time.
This person can visually scan to see if all chairs are pushed in, desks are neat, and personal belongings are in the appropriate spot. This can be done before leaving the classroom.
Tried and true, this job is great for students who are absent.
Give students responsibility even during the pandemic! Assigning permanent or rotating jobs to students in your class is a great way to promote a sense of ownership and community (and it gives you a little less to worry about)!
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Kirsten is a former 3rd and 5th grade teacher who loves helping upper elementary teachers by creating resources and sharing ideas that are engaging, research-based, and TEKS-aligned. She is a work-from-home mama of 3 rambunctious little ones and loves running, true crime, and lots of coffee.