Student Contributor: C. Glanville
Pick a variety of classroom jobs, where students can contribute to your classroom and be responsible for something. For example, Teachers Assistant, Paper Collector, Line Leader, Caboose, Lights, etc. These class jobs rotate weekly so that everyone gets a chance to do them.
This tool is supportive because it gives students the opportunity to have responsibilities. Students also help regulate each other and hold each other accountable. When first introducing this tool to your classroom, it would be important to give clear expectations to students about what each of the jobs would look like. It would also be important to note that holding each other accountable is different than being bossy and mean. Personally, we rotate jobs every Monday. There are some weeks where students don’t have a job, because there are 15 students and only 12 jobs. This rotation also ensures that every student will get a chance to try every job at least once during the school year, most likely a couple times.
I have found this tool to be a great way for students to take responsibility and ownership for their classroom. I think this also builds students up a little bit, because they know their jobs is important and they feel accomplished when they do a good job on their position that week.
This is in the supportive phase of management because students are continuing throughout the year to take ownership and responsibility of what goes on in their class, and how smoothly it runs. Class jobs happen every week over the school year, so students also get multiple attempts and fresh starts to be responsible each week. This could relate to the preventative phase because by giving students jobs each week, they won’t be arguing over who should collect the papers in the classroom, turn off the lights, etc. By also giving the expectations for how we hold each other accountable, you are also setting the expectation for how we treat our classmates. This best fits with a Student Centered/Collaborative influence because students are responsible for their jobs each week, but the teacher rotates the jobs and also might be holding students accountable when they forget their job.
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Tool Source: This came from my mentor teacher