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    By tng

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    I teach fifth grade. On the first day of school, I pass out a "employment" ad, which identifies and explains the classroom jobs I want to be filled. I have enough jobs for every student to apply for and the students are told ahead of time that they will be accountable for taking the job seriously and will be responsible for it for the first semester. They choose the job they want and fill out a "job application", which is really a persuasive essay explaining why the class should hire them for the job they are applying for. We share the essays in class. As the students share, they are listening and voting on whom they want to take the job by using a secret ballot. Those that don't get the job they want are assigned a job that wasn't applied for. This really teaches the students a real-life lesson about working hard and making sure they are qualified and prepared for the job they want to have in the future. It also teaches character education values and makes everyone responsible for maintaining a safe and clean learning environment.

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