I have been getting questions about class helpers vs. class jobs and wanted to share some thoughts about both.
If you take a close peek at my class jobs chart I’ve been using for years, you will notice that one of the jobs is a class helper.
I love, love, love having a class helper because that “job” can handle all the odds and ends that don’t fit into the descriptions of the other jobs. It also saves me from needing 100 different class jobs 🤣
You will also notice that there are only five other jobs on that chart and that’s because I like to keep things SIMPLE. This way students don’t have a ton of jobs and responsibilities to remember.
Many teachers have skipped class jobs all together and only have class helpers. Those helpers handle every single job in the classroom which works well too!
Prior to using my jobs chart, I just had “helpers” and they took care of everything without anything being assigned. It worked well for me and for the kids.
This jobs chart has spots for two students, but some teachers may prefer just to have one student of the day.
You might be thinking right about now, “so which one is the winner?”
There is no winner or loser in this situation.
It ultimately comes down to what’s easiest and most manageable for the teacher and helps get all the things taken care of in the classroom.
If you want to keep things super simple, class helpers is the way to go.
If you want to have certain permanent jobs that your kids look forward to and you and your class need consistency, then class jobs are the way to go.
Teacher Tip: When doing class jobs, I found it super helpful to keep the same jobs for two weeks. One week was just not enough time for my first or second graders. By the time they learned their job, the week was already over. Two weeks was perfect!
Are you torn between class helpers and class jobs? Fortunately, these name tags include both an editable jobs chart and a class helpers chart for you to try out!
Maybe you’ll implement both simultaneously? 🤔 You can have a certain number of assigned jobs and have one or two class helpers of the day ready cover those unexpected odd jobs. That could be the ultimate set up! 🤓
Have any other questions or opinions about class helpers and class jobs? Hit the contact button and let me know!