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10 Ideas for Student Jobs in the Classroom

By Beth Newingham on October 19, 2012
  • Grades: 3–5

In my classroom economy, there are paid jobs for which the students are responsible for completing each day. Here are some jobs that my students have held in my classroom over the past few years.

Teacher Assistant - completes all secretarial jobs that need to be done.
Messenger - takes notes to the office or runs errands around the school.
Homework Checker - checks in students' homework and reports missing assignments to the teacher.
Librarian - keeps book shelves organized.
Computer Technician - turns on and shuts down classroom computers
Equipment Manager - keeps track of playground equipment
Payroll Clerk - issues checks to students at the end of every pay period (Of course the teacher will have the sign the checks)
Travel Agent - keeps track of field trip permission slips
Meteorologist - gives daily weather report to the class
Mail Delivery Person - passes out notes to go home with students in cubbies or mailboxes

Learn more about my classroom economy here.

Comments (2)

Hi there!

This list just gives ideas for possible class jobs. My students actually vote on the specific jobs that they think we will need in our class, so we have never actually had a secretary. However, when I describe the job, I use examples like "checking in field trips notes" and "keeping track of Box Top collection" in our room. I think it can really be anything you need help with. In our classroom we have a teacher assistant who already does the secretarial jobs like passing out papers, etc.

I hope this helps!

-Beth Newingham

This sounds like a great project... can you be more specific on "secretarial jobs" Do you teach routines to the students?

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