How Do I Let "THEM" DO IT?



How do I let six-year-olds 
take over 
MY  CLASSROOM??

Not HOW...but  WHEN?

NOW!

If you want independence...

YOU have to "TEACH" it!
Be precise. Be Specific. Be Consistent.

Give them the jobs...
you don't have the time (or desire) to do!

CLASSROOM   HELPERS

If you go to pinterest there are thousands of samples of 
Classroom helper cards
in a MULTITUDE of classroom themes!

These are a few I have found on pinterest....





But...putting up the cards 
and
USING THEM TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
are two
different things.

And that is 
THE  OBJECTIVE...

Helper ( JOB )  Cards
are a way for 
student's to take responsibilty
AND
HELP THE TEACHER!

Each morning our  bell rings at 8:20 AM.
We are working at 8:21.

My students put HW folders in the basket,
backpacks & jackets on the shelves,
and get ready for ipads..
(Don't be tardy...you will miss ipad time) 

While they are "working".
I take name cards
and 
change the helpers.

MY JOBS are:
Line Leader
Door Holder
Excuser
Messenger
Clean Up Crew (2 students)
Ball Handlers ( 2 for recess)
Tech Teachers ( 4 students )

They change daily.

They biggest change I have made is..

YOU MUST BE
 "ON TIME AND IN YOUR SEAT"
TO BE A HELPER!

WOW...no more tardies!
EVERYONE WANTS TO BE A HELPER!

AND

They can choose their job.

When I turn over the name cards...
(Yesterday's names to the back of the pile,,)
I ask..
"Do you want to be a ____   OR  _____?"
Whatever the next two jobs available are.

They CHOOSE what they want to do.

That choice allows them to take personal responsibility.
AND THEY DO!

Allow the little ones to be a PART of the classroom!
They LOVE IT!

Here is a little "HELPER"
to help YOU get started...


If you would like MORE info
on how I use classroom helpers...

Here is a link to another
 Nibits for Newbies post
on
HELPERS...




2 comments

  1. I love the class chores labels. I will have to forward to some on my elementary teacher pals.

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  2. I love the "helpers" labels, they are cute and practical.

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