November 16, 2005
After more than 20 years of teaching, I have finally found a way to assign weekly chores/jobs to my children without any fuss or bother. I have 20 children in my class; so on the first day of school I created 4 charts, each containing the names of 5 children. Below their names is a list of the jobs/chores that I need done each day. I made multiple copies of the charts and dated them, one chart for each week in the school year. The charts are pinned to the bottom of a bulletin board, and on Monday mornings, the children for the week meet to sign up for their jobs. The jobs include passing out paper, updating our math bulletin board, being our messenger, doing the lunch count, etc. I gave the instructions once, and I haven't had to remind the children about their turns. They know when they are 'coming up' for duty and are thrilled to be able to pick multiple jobs for the week since each day they can have a different chore to do for me. No one complains about never being able to be a line leader and I don't forget to change jobs each week. The children and I love this new system!!!