In 2015, the AHA published an in-depth study on the importance and impact of classroom pets on students. Not only does it detail the role it plays in leadership and responsibility, the study also highlights how it impacts social sensitivity among peers. It's a colorful, vivid PDF that any teacher considering adopting a classroom pet should read.
Mrs. Mimi tells how her students were committed to their jobs, even after a long day. She advocates for more classroom jobs, and even gives some of them exciting names. "Desk Detective" and "Energy Expert" sound like pretty important roles!
Designed by Ms. Lirette, this 40-card classroom helper set is a great way to display current tasks. Since it's printable, you can even laminate the cards and use dry erase markers to change names for task rotation.
To get students onboard with their tasks, use the Interactive Modeling method. It explains the "why" as much as the "how," so students develop a deeper understanding and sense of ownership of their duties. There's even a mini-Interactive Modeling lesson for new teachers.
This 1987 classic is a great way to introduce elementary students to the idea of accountability. It also highlights the importance of tidiness, which is a beginner step toward becoming organized. It will motivate students to really engage with their tasks, so they can enjoy a nice, tidy classroom!
Allison and Cheryl, veteran elementary school teachers, present their book, Classroom Couture. They take a team-based approach to promote cooperation and ensure task completion. They also demonstrate how they pick a theme and apply it to the teams, such as "Kitchen Jobs" where students serve as table hosts, bakers, and more. It's a fantastic interpretation to job titles and application to classroom duties!
Michael Linsin gives an intense, but honest explanation as to why playing favorites is not in your students' best interests. It can also undermine your authority in the classroom. He tells teachers to follow a classroom management play to evenly divide responsibilities so everyone feels important and involved.
A job well done certainly deserves some positive reinforcement! Students will love seeing their name displayed on their achievement certficates. You can print a ready-made certificate, or build your own with the template tool.
Teacher's Pet is a different take on even distribution of classroom responsibilities. Instead of having different tasks for each student, elementary teacher, Sheri, gives all the tasks to one student every day. She's always got one on deck, and shares her "board" to show you how to do it in your classroom.