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    Rotating Jobs
    By Eileen

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    The great part of this job system is that it takes one minute to announce the new jobs with no confusion.
    I have enough jobs so that each child gets one or shares a job. The first 2 weeks of school I model what I am doing telling the children that they soon will be doing this job. I actually can't wait until the jobs start, because it really saves me a lot of work. Of course, it also gives the kids a sense of ownership and responsibility in their classroom.
    I use an 81/2 x 14" posterboard divided in half with 9 jobs on each side. I write each child's name on both sides of a clothespin. I clip each pin to each job. At the end of week or sometimes every 2 weeks (depending on the class), I simply rotate the clips by removing the bottom right clothespin and then moving the other pins down and over to a new job. I place the pin I removed onto the top left job. (Kids who share a job, do the job again, but with a different partner.)
    At the beginning of the new job cycle, the expert(the child who held the job the week before) teaches the ropes to the new kid.
    This works for me and I hope it will for you too.


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