I hear so many ideas that I want to implement, so I have to be strategic to avoid burnout—I can usually try 3-5 new things at the beginning of the year, and 3-5 new things in the middle of the year. When I say “new things” I’m talking about major classroom shifts, and implementing jobs (and making it work) was/is one of those things. Luckily, I already have a classroom reward system, so I knew what type of salary I was going to offer. Please see the blog from May 2014 Classroom Management.
I have been doing this for three weeks now, and already it has undergone changes. Also, I’m amazed at the amount of reinforcement that is needed, but I can see that it is starting to work.
Here is a picture of the job list that I showed to my classes on Day 1:
At first, I thought I would have them apply for jobs, but then I realized it was easier just to find out who was interested in what job (not all students wanted one), and to assign it that way.
If multiple students wanted the same job, sometimes I would just give two people the same job. I realized early on that I needed a way to quickly identify the students who were assigned jobs, but what would be a cool way to do this?
Lanyards! Luckily, the students agreed. When they walk in the door part of their job is to grab the lanyard-- if there was a student who didn't want to wear it I would never require that, but they would need to keep it prominently displayed at their desk. Especially the tech. person because the class needs to know who to go to for computer problems.