Sometimes I feel like that camel on the Geico commercials… So happy that it’s mid-week, but no one else seems to be…
“Julie, what day is it?”
“I know you can hear me…”
“Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike… What day is it today?”…
“It’s Hump Day.”
I have been working all week so far, even though pre-planning does not begin until next week. But, I have reached Wednesday and I am looking forward to NOT working for my last 4 days of summer. Okay, okay, I will probably work a little…
I have spent the last two days in a training for the use of Data Teams in our school system this year. I am so PUMPED! (It doesn’t take much, though). I really believe it will streamline a lot of the processes that we are already doing, and hopefully make them more meaningful and– get this– have a BIGger impact on student learning. Say what?!
I will have to experience it this year and share more about that later, but a lot of the professional conversations we had led me to thinking about how I structure my time in the classroom. I use my classroom jobs because they seem to relieve some of my environmental stresses, assist in classroom and behavior management, and provide some new learning experiences.
Check out these cute little owls– Super Helpers! I love the bright colors, and the mix of my owl decor and something kids love: super heros! They are FREE… *ahem*… I said FREE.
We know students love to help in the classroom and that it’s important that they learn responsibility and a sense of community. I try not to get bogged down in the organizing or the rotating of the job assignments because then they become frustrating for the teacher and lose their purpose of being helpful. I have found it helpful to have enough jobs so that a third or half of the class can participate at one time. I rotate them weekly and not more frequently to make it easier on myself. I keep a stack of name cards, students’ pictures, or student numbers so that I am literally pulling off the top and rotating others to the bottom. I have also seen teachers have a constant list of student names or numbers posted in the room and actually rotate the job cards through the list of names so that kids can see when it will be their turn.
I use Leader mostly as a line leader, but there could be other “leader” roles that it could be used for, such as leading a discussion, leading a group, or leading a modeling task. I like general and somewhat vague wording so that I can change and manipulate them when necessary!
The Assistant takes messages, visits the office, helps with general classroom tasks, etc.
My Supply Manager passes out, collects, or organizes supplies (papers, folders, manipulatives, tools, scissors, etc.).
The Room Inspector helps to make sure that the room is kept as neat as possible- floor checks, center clean-up, chairs pushed in, etc.
The Pencil Patrol job is one of my favorites. They are in charge of sharpening any pencils that need it during the school day (excluding pencil sharpening time in the morning), picking up pencils off the floor, etc.
Lunch helpers wash tables, help monitor, pass out materials, etc.
The Librarian helps to put classroom books back into proper bins and shelves. They return things to the school library if necessary. They organize and clean up the shelves when needed.
My Blogger job is my newest position. I am going to try and start a classroom blog where my students will be responsible for recording thoughts or responding to questions when it is their turn. I realize that not everyone wants to use a Blogger job, or maybe some of the others, so there are two blank job cards that could be filled in however you see fit.
I hope you ENJOY using these cute Super Helper cards. And if your summer is winding down like mine is, make sure and ENJOY these days while they last! Happy Hump Day!