Classroom Jobs/Helpers

There are many ways to incorporate classroom jobs/helpers.  My first two years I made a chart with classroom jobs and descriptions.  I had student names on clothespins and would just move them down each day.  It worked okay, but as more students enrolled, some jobs became 2-day jobs since there wasn't enough for each student. Another year I did something similar except with names on cardstock paper and Velcro, but that didn't work well.  I had a hard time managing classroom jobs.  Some kids did them, some kids didn't.

So I decided that I would SIMPLIFY the process and I truly love how I do it now.  I no longer have "classroom jobs", but I have student HELPERS instead.  I have 2 helpers per day: one boy and one girl.  These helpers help me with anything and everything that day from passing papers out, running errands to the office, being bathroom monitors, etc. I used name-tags to write students names on them and have two stacks: boys and girls.  I hole punched two holes at the top and used string to tie them together.  Then, I used Command Hooks to display them. At the end of the day, we just flip the name-tag to the next person.  Easy peasy!  Here is a look at how I display it.  I'm sorry for this terrible's all I could find of it on my computer!
I am continuing my helper system this year, with the addition of one thing: Star Student chair covers.  I bought these last year for $1.00 at Target.  I didn't use them last year, but I think this year I'll place them on the chairs of the helpers for that day.  At the end of the day, we'll just move them to the next day's helper!  I know many teachers LOVE classroom jobs and I may try it again, but sometimes it's best to simplify things and this has worked so well for me!
This morning I went to my classroom for the first time this summer. Although I have a LOT more to do, I did make some good progress! With my three year old with me, it went a little something like this: work on classroom, help clean up E's mess, work on classroom, have a snack, work on classroom, take E to potty, work on classroom, help clean up E's mess, etc.  Repeat, repeat.  Can anyone else relate?!?!  Haha!  Love that little boy!  Here is my before and after shot of today!  


  1. Lots of progress Lana! I see a little elephant on the floor in one of the pics! haha
    I also gave up job charts after my first year teaching (16 years ago) because it was too much of a headache to keep track of. I have a "Teacher of the Day", very similar to you! They get to sit in a special teacher chair with wheels. I also bought those chair covers last year and have never used them-I think I will steal your idea!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  2. I, too, bought those chair covers and have never used them yet. Let me know if you think of any other way to use them! :)

  3. Your room is lookin' good! I love your little guy checking out what's in your easel!
    Short and Sassy Teacher

  4. Love your progress! It is amazing what an organized and new classroom does for the soul. :) It also makes me excited for the new school year and makes me feel calm and comfortable.

  5. I like the chair covers. I'll have to keep an eye out for them at Target. I'm sure I'll be in there at least 20 times before school starts.


  6. I sure your students will love having those chair covers on the days they are the classroom helper.

    Kaylee's Education Studio

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