On June 1st, I changed my ringtone to Alice Cooper's "School's Out". You know the song: "Schoooooool's out for summer! Schoooooool's out for ever!" I guess today's the last day I can rock it! MY GOODNESS, summer flew by....
Anyway, a few "Monday Made-It"s ago, I posted about my classroom manager positions (check the original post out HERE). I've had a lot of comments about what manager positions I have, how they're made, and how I manage my managers, so this post is dedicated to that.
My "Classroom Managers" idea came from the Consistency Management and Cooperative Discipline (CMCD) inservice I attended as a student at the University of Houston (GO COOGS!). The gist of the idea is every student is given a responsibility in the classroom which turns the classroom into a community we ALL are responsible for and take care of. Notice I said EVERY student... I had 25 students last year and EVERY ONE had a position!
Manager positions should be relevant and switched out on a regular basis (I switch mine each month, but do what works for your class). I had my students interview for the positions (download my manager application HERE for free!), choosing their top 3 positions, why they would be a responsible and effective manager, and listing any special skills they have.
My students last year LOVED interviewing and took their positions very seriously. Plus, it's fun to be a MANAGER of something, rather than just expected to perform a "job".
Here's a list of manager positions I used last year:
- Attendance Manager
- Equipment Manager (brings out & takes in recess equipment)
- Plant Manager (waters classroom plants)
- Turtle Manager (feeds turtle)
- Ticket Manager (we have a brain teaser at the end of the day where students earn reward tickets; this
students collects all earned tickets into a bucket I draw from each week)
- Computer Manager (turns on/ off computers daily)
- Door & Light Manager
- Pencil Sharpener Manager (I ONLY let one student sharpen pencils... Can't stand the sharpener
noise! They enter the classroom early each morn to do their job)
- Board Manager (erases board daily)
- Restroom Mangager (one boy & one girl: makes sure students are quiet & neat during group
- Neatness Manager: Floor (checks floor at end of day/ asks students to clean any messes)
- Weather Manager (records temp & announces temp to class)
As Needed Jobs
- Supply Manager (makes sure hand sanitizer & kleenex stay stocked)
- Handout Manager (helps me pass out papers)
- Out of the Classroom Manager (takes messages to office, etc.)
- Homework Manager (collects homework)
- Substitute Manager (go to person when there's a sub)
- Absent Manager (collects work for absent students)
- Coffee Manager (this is a LEGIT position in my classroom, and one the kid's all want. Basically,
they bring me my coffee & help me clean up any spills... which happen daily)
- Word of the Week Manager (changes out Word of the Week chart)
- Library Manager (my students check out their books by signing them out on a chart. The library
manager follows up with all check outs on a weekly basis)
New manager positions added for this year:
As Needed Jobs
- Detective Manager (Helps Mrs. J find things she looses in classroom. I'm hoping this prevents the
entire class from hoping out of their seat when I lose handouts or my keys...)
- Paper & Centers Copy Manager (let's me know when we're running low on centers copies /
- Boggle & Noggle Manager (Changes out Boggle and Noggle boards each week)
I like to make sure my students know how often they'll be needed for their positions, so I'm sure to label each position as a daily, weekly, or as needed.
I make up business card sized labels (I use Avery 8879; 10 cards to a page) with the job title and description, print & punch them out (no cutting! woot!) and glue them to library card pockets (you can also laminate for durability). I then put student names on popsicle sticks and stick them into their job pocket. Easy to make and easy to switch out as positions change.
I hope you find this info helpful! I CANNOT STRESS how much this system has worked for me... If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!