I am reworking my classroom jobs, largely based on the some end of the year PD on oral language development and a book I am reading, Why We Teach:Learning, Laughter, Love, and the Power to Transform Lives by Linda Alston. I also saw Linda Alston speak our district K-1 Conference in May. She is amazing and I will have to devote an entire post to her work in the future.
Some of jobs are based on those in Alston's Logistics Team, and others are specific to my classroom.
- Line Leader - this is the simplest title, but quite possibly carries the greatest significance, with the emphasis on what it means to be a leader.
- Door Attendant - pretty self explanatory, with the emphasis on respecting and serving others.
- Postmaster - responsible for distributing papers into student mailboxes and ensuring that everyone has collected all of their mail at the end of the day.
- Conservationist - responsible for turning off lights, ensuring the faucet is not dripping, and that we are recycling within our classroom, with the emphasis on being good stewards or our resources (natural and material).
- Botanist - responsible for watering the plants and rotating them so they can all get a bit of natural light.
- Courier - pretty self explanatory.
- Information Technology Specialist - responsible for turning on all computers in the morning and shutting them down at the end of the day.
- Staging Manager - responsible for making sure the chairs are stacked, materials are returned, and we have an orderly environment to return to in the morning.
- Support Personnel - one or two individuals who step in and fulfill the roles of absent students.
The remainder of my jobs are centered around my morning meeting and calendar routines.
- Facilitator - leads our morning meeting and the transitions between the various calendar routines.
- Historian - basic calendar routines - yesterday was..., today is..., tomorrow will be..., number of days in school, upcoming events
- Meteorologist - basic weather routines that builds into an oral weather report with commentary.
- Flag Attendant - hold the flag during The Pledge of Allegiance, with the emphasis on the proper handling of the flag.
- Data Collector - attendance routines and graphing analysis during calendar routines.
My final job is Classroom Ambassador. This job exists through the building. Each classroom has four ambassadors, two boys and two girls, with one boy and girl being bilingual. These students hold the position for a determined period, usually a quarter or semester. These students act as buddies to new students throughout the year, assisting them in the classroom and throughout the school.
I'm still have to create my management board, but it will likely consist of library pockets. I would love to hear any thoughts or ideas you have!