As upper elementary grades teachers (grades 3-5), we are putting a new spin on jobs in the classroom for students. After visiting other classrooms during a professional development session, and looking at our own jobs that we assign students in our classrooms, we thought, “Why not change the titles of these jobs to something the students can take pride in?”
So gone were job titles such as: line leader, paper passer, pledge leader, board eraser, and more. To be honest with you, we weren’t really excited about those jobs, so I am sure our students weren’t either!
Instead, we created new job titles like: President, Lumberjack, Electrician, and Interior Decorator to name a few. You could imagine the surprise on our students’ faces when we announced the new jobs, and their overwhelming positive reaction to the new titles! Who doesn’t want to be President?
We realized that these 8 new classroom jobs empowered our students to take pride in the classroom. Students started to take their jobs seriously and performed their jobs to the best of their abilities. Students also realized that these jobs have titles of actual occupations that exist in the real-world.
We like to have our students keep their job for one whole week, and then rotate to the next job. So, depending on class size, each child will have a chance to do every job multiple times during the school year.
We also like to smash gender bias by having boys and girls do all the jobs. So a girl can be president and a boy can be a nurse! This has led to great class discussion about gender stereotypes and how they have changed over time.
You can download the classroom jobs by clicking here! Enjoy!