I sincerely believe when the students walk into the classroom at the beginning of the year, the room becomes OURS! I want my students to take ownership of the classroom and have a sense of pride in how it looks. There is much discussion over classroom jobs every year, but I want to look at the jobs our students do in OUR classroom as helping the teacher by lightening his/her load.
FREEBIE ALERT! (Check out Tip #5)
First, ask yourself what are all the custodial duties you do as soon as the students walk out the door? Start writing those jobs down and prepare to make it the students' responsibility. When you get a list large enough for your class you are ready to get started.
I almost forgot to tell you about this amazing bargain I found at Dollar Tree! For just $1, you can purchase a mini dust pan with broom similar to the one I have in the picture. Here is a link to the dust pan from Dollar Tree, but at my Dollar Tree they had a combination dust pan/broom for just one dollar. It is so worth having a few of those for end of the day jobs!
*Turn off computer monitors
*Push in chairs at computers or tables
*Straighten out flexible seating areas
*Charge the tablets/technology
*Use a wipe to clean any table or shelf in the room
*Put the dry erase markers and erasers back in place
*Sweep the floor
*Write tomorrow's date
*Set out morning work
*Put chairs up on desks
*Straighten book baskets or center baskets
*Turn off SmartBoard
Now all you need to do is write each job on a chart or on a card with a magnet on the back. Plus you need a movable card with each student's name on it. I introduce these jobs to my students and model them within a few days. I have my job cards and student name cards on magnets so that they can all be moved if needed.
Tip 4 1/2 (Haha) - If you have a large number of students and can't find a job for everyone, then just give one job to several kids. I have 2 or 3 dust pans for sweeping the floor and I have 4 pods of desks so I have 4 kids put chairs on top of the desks. Just make it work for you!
Summer Tips for Making your Next School Year Easier.