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Remote Classroom Jobs

Creating classroom jobs for students in remote learning environments

Context

One of the most important parts of classroom management is helping your students build their capacity for and understanding around responsibility. Learning the importance of what it means to be responsible for something can also help with community-building in the classroom as students begin to recognize their roles and make clear connections to how they contribute. One way to help teach students responsibility is to assign them classroom jobs.

While having classroom jobs for students is common practice in traditional classroom settings, it can be difficult to translate those in-person jobs to a remote or hybrid setting. Below are some ideas educators should consider when transitioning these jobs to a remote setting.

  • Rethink previous jobs: If you had classroom greeter as a job when teaching in person, continue to offer this as an opportunity for your students remotely. Although the greeting may look different, students can support their peers when entering your remote classroom for synchronous lessons by welcoming everyone to lessons via the chat or reminding their classmates when they should return from breaks.

  • Have students apply: To help boost investment in performing these jobs and recognizing the importance of the role they play in your classroom community, allow students to apply for a job of their choosing. Applying for a job they are interested in helps keep students engaged and increases their buy-in toward their roles. As an added bonus, completing a job application is a good chance for students to clearly articulate why they are interested in a specific role while also persuading you why they would be the best fit – both of which can help students strengthen their writing skills.
  • Rotate regularly: You might not have enough jobs for every student, so consider how often you would like to rotate jobs. This gives students the opportunity to try new things and eventually have a chance at doing the job they might have initially applied for but didn’t get. This rotation gives students something to look forward to and helps them to learn and manage a variety of responsibilities.

Student Does

  • Reviews job titles and descriptions
  • Completes job application and clearly articulates why they are interested in a job and why they would be a good fit
  • Re-reads job description and asks clarifying questions for how to complete the job
  • Completes job as needed

Teacher Does

  • Creates list of remote classroom jobs and job descriptions
  • Creates job applications
  • Reviews student applications and selects students for roles
  • Clearly models how to complete the jobs
  • Sets cadence for how often jobs will rotate
  • Monitors students and ensures jobs are being completed

Technology Does

  • Provides the platform where jobs are performed

Strategy Resources


Application for Remote Classroom Jobs

This Google Form job application allows students to share why they are interested in a... Learn More