Implementing Classroom Jobs in Upper Elementary and Middle School


what jobs to use and assign in upper elementary and middle school to promote responsibility


Back to school season is a time for teachers to set up rules and procedures for the upcoming school year. Teachers want to work smarter, not harder. In order to do that, why not continue to give your students classroom jobs?

Primary and elementary teachers give out classroom jobs to their students. Not only does this help to them run an efficient and productive classroom, but it also allows students to build on their personal skills of responsibility and dependability.

It is possible to continue to have classroom jobs even with students changing classes. You can decide if you only want your homeroom to take care of the classroom or have jobs each class period. Think about the structure of your day and what would work best for you.

Choosing the best student for the job can be done randomly, as it often is in elementary school or you could have students fill out a short application form. This would tie in real life skills as when students want to apply for a job that they want later on in life, they will need this skill. Applications do not need to long or lengthy by any means. Students can fill out basic personal information and then give a reason why they think they are fit to complete the job. Always keep in mind that these jobs are meant to make your life easier!

Some classroom jobs that are perfect for upper elementary and middle schoolers are:

  •         Supply table supervisor make sure all supplies are in order and ready to go
  •         Technology assistant this is a big one. I always have students that neglect to plug in their Chromebook and then it leaves it dead for the next student. Assigning a student(s) to take care of this task leaves you to worry about more important things, like if the technology actually working. 😊
  •         Agenda administrator writes down the date, class and homework assignments on the board
  •         Paper personal assistant collect and distribute worksheets and assignments
  •         Receptionist Answers the classroom phone. This will also teach students proper manners when answering and taking a phone message.
  •         Veterinarian feeds and cares for a classroom pet
  •         Waste manager cleans up all the trash at the end of a lesson or activity
  •         Sanitation supervisor cleans the tables or desks with disinfecting wipes
Ways to still give students classroom jobs in grades 5, 6, 7


Do you use classroom jobs in the upper grades? I would love to hear how you implement them in your classroom. Tell me in the comments below!


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    Building Personal Relationships with Your Students on the First Day of School




    Every back to school season, I rack my brain of different ideas to get to know my students. In the past, I have done activities like The Best Part of Me and Three Things I Want My Teacher to Know. However, midyear I unexpectedly came up with a truly unique method to easily get to know my students in a fun way.

          While reading the novel, War with Grandpa, as a pre-reading activity, I had my students describe, explain, and draw a map of their bedroom. I wanted to know whether they shared their room with anyone, what their room was made up of, what they liked, and disliked about it. This activity was engaging and simple which is perfect for the first days of school. Class time was given to complete it and students were provided the template worksheet, markers, crayons, and colored pencils. 
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    The benefit of using this lesson to get to know your students at the beginning of the year is because the information held in their drawings and their writing allowed me to gauge their levels of independence, living conditions, and provided an insight into their home life. I now knew who still slept with their parents, who was living in a one-bedroom apartment as a family of five, or who had all the amenities that any 10-year-old kid could want. This allowed me to become more empathetic to the needs of my students allowing me to do my job as a teacher a little bit better. 


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      Five Classroom Supplies Every Science Teacher Needs


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      The first days of school are a whirlwind. There is so much preparation that needs to take place from thinking about lesson planning, classroom management strategies to classroom décor. Below is a list of my must haves as a science teacher. Read below to make sure you are prepared for the back to school season.

      Clorox Wipes


      Labs and hands on activities can get messy. Using Clorox Wipes or some other kind of disinfecting wipe will prove to be helpful in your classroom. At the end of each week, I also use them to wipe down communal spots like doorknobs, computer keyboards, classroom phones, etc. to keep away germs and other bacteria.

      Ziploc Bags


      I use these all year long. I prefer the gallon size bags. They are perfect to store science materials in. I try to group my materials by unit. They can hold electricity supplies, task cards, or tubs of playdoh depending on our needs for the day. They also can be used for the students if an activity takes longer than a class period. Simply put their names on the bag and they are ready to be used the following day.

      Every science teacher needs to add ziploc bags to their back to school list for hands on activities and classroom storage.

      Lab Safety Materials


      These banners are perfect to hang around your room to remind students of lab safety rules and concepts as well as the scientific method all year long. They are bright and vivid to catch students’ attention and keep them on track.

      Remind students of lab safety and the scientific method using classroom decor in the science room.

      Masking Tape


      I use this for many different units. Metric measurement is the first that comes to mind. Finding a good brand that will actually tear off nicely and stick can be a problem. I like this brand because it is easy to use and nice on the budget.

      Desk calendar


      I need this to organize myself. This year I am trying out the Happy Planner desk calendar. While I am not a planner person, I do rely on my desk calendar to keep track of assemblies, meetings, and school trips. I like having the month set out in front of me so that I know what is going on ahead of time. Being organized can be difficult, especially for the science teacher, but is really important to keep your classroom running smoothly.


      Start the back to school season with these five classroom supplies every science teacher should have in their classroom. From organization to storage to classroom decor, these are five items that are essential to have a successful school year.



      I hope this list helps you prepare for the back to school season. What other items would you add to this list? Tell me below. 

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