School and classroom jobs can help build a sense of excitement, community, and interdependence. These tasks, such as putting up the flag, cleaning the tables after lunch, or being the class helper give students the opportunity to exercise and practice decision making and reasoning. They also give students a chance to be responsible in a meaningful way: the children know that completing their job helps their school, classmates and/or teacher.
When children are given responsibilities like these, they feel valued, capable and respected, which in turn boosts confidence. Some of the jobs involve reading or counting, which can help develop literacy and math skills. The jobs may also give a nudge of encouragement to children who have not been volunteering for some of these tasks up until now. Our goal is that by having these jobs be one’s own special responsibility, our students will seize the opportunity to try out these tasks and to realize they are capable.