Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the enigma that adolescents are. They want to be loved and cared-for like a child, but don’t you dare treat them like one. They want to be treated like an adult, but dread responsibility. Boredom is an instant turn-off for teens, but when you challenge them they walk around telling underclassmen, “OH MY GOSH THAT CLASS IS THE HARDEST EVER!” They want to be your teacher’s pet, but the roll their eyes and take rude snapchats with you in the screen while your back is turned (if you don’t think they’re doing it to you, you’re CRAZY!).
Gotta love them, am I right?
I really think that the best thing we can give these beautiful, fickle creatures is structure. Unfortunately, this is not my strong suit. With four preps every day (last year it was five!), I am doing well just to remember my students’ names!
This year, I’m taking some of the pressure to be perfect off of myself while simultaneously committing to a more organized classroom. How can that be, you ask? Classroom jobs!
This seemed so elementary to me in years past, but I’m doing it. I’m committing myself.
Here is my current list of student jobs. What do you think? Do you use classroom jobs? How does it work for you?