Classroom Jobs for Middle School and High School

Okay so maybe a first grader might jump and up and down when she gets to be line leader whereas a thirteen year old might stare at you blankly at the suggestion of such a task. Do not let that deter you from assigning jobs to the older, trying-to-be-cool-and-fit-in ones. Middle school and high school students still benefit from having a role in the classroom. And YOU benefit too!

1. Procedures and Routines = Better Managed Classroom

Two of the best components to have for effective classroom management, according to well-renowned author and educator Harry Wong, is procedures and routines. Establishing classroom roles enhances a strong and consistent set of procedures and routines so that students know exactly what to expect every day. When engaging in specific roles, students are taking the lead in carrying them out and making sure other students do as well.

2. A Feeling of Classroom Cohesion

If you teach in a typical high school or middle school, you probably only see your students for 45 to 80 minutes a day. Sometimes you only see those students every other day. These students should not just feel like another non-important kid in just another class in their schedule. They should have a place in your classroom. The more you can do to create a sense of strong classroom culture, the better for the students to feel a sense of belonging and therefore want to participate more than if they didn't feel as if they were apart of the culture. If you were to ask any student in one of your classes to tell you the name of every other student in their class, could they successfully do that?


3. Students Like Having Classroom Roles and Become More Responsible

From my experience, the older students DO like having roles. I wouldn't force any student to take a role, but I find the active and perhaps talkative students are the best fit. I have a student who is probably the most misbehaved student in the class. He kept getting up out of his seat without permission. I finally said, "Why don't you help me pass out the laptops?" He gladly accepted and kept asking me how else he could help. Giving this student a role redirected his energy from misbehavior to helpful, responsible behavior. I think students often underestimate their strengths. Students who often get in trouble for talking too much or being disruptive don't realize that those qualities CAN absolutely be strengths in the appropriate time and place. Why not reward them for those qualities, instead of suppress them?

4. Classroom Roles Help YOU, the Teacher

I remember being a naïve student teacher. I couldn't believe how much I had to think about and control all at the same time during one classroom period. Even when you get the hang of things, it always helps to have some assistance along the way. With things like papers being passed out and the door being answered, you can focus on teaching and not get too bogged down by these little tasks that have the potential of taking valuable time away from your lesson.


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  1. Please email me back about how to buy your class jobs listed above on the blog. I teach middle school, but love your names and job titles for the jobs. Please let me know at How do I get to your teacher pay teacher store? I was unable to do that on your blog. My name is Sharon. Thank You

  2. I just emailed you, Sharon. The resource is NOW available in my store:

  3. I have clicked on the link for your classrrom jobs, and its not working. I love thses jobs and would really like to use them in my classroom.

  4. Good Afternoon, I can't find the classroom jobs in teacher pay teacher site. I really like these and would like to use them. Please let me know how to get them.


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