Jamie Goodwin

Top 25 Classroom Helper Jobs for Students

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In elementary room classes, classroom helper jobs are vital to the efficiency of the class. When students have a responsibility, they can help you take care of the classroom and make everything run as smoothly as possible. And when you have a substitute teacher for the day, you don’t have to worry about your classroom. Why? Because your students know the drill and will help with various things around the classroom. Everything runs just a little smoother.

In order to make classroom helper jobs work with your students, think of jobs that need to be undertaken around the room. You don’t have to have a job for each student, but you should have a method for rotating assignments. If students sit in groups, you could have groups take turns having a job. You could draw names from a hat. Just make sure to put the names that you pick aside, so everyone gets a turn.

Of course, first thing first. You need to come up with a list of classroom helper jobs for your class. Here are the top 25 ones that you could use with your students.

  1. Errand Runner
  2. Attendance Taker
  3. Lunch Count Helper
  4. Line Leader/Caboose
  5. Door Holder
  6. Sweeper
  7. Board Eraser
  8. Classroom Pet Caretaker
  9. Plant Caretaker
  10. Class Journal Writer
  11. Recycling Chief
  12. Paper Passer Outer
  13. Paper Collector
  14. Classroom Librarian
  15. New Student Ambassador
  16. News Reporter
  17. Light Switch Operator
  18. Computer Helper
  19. Floor Inspector
  20. Supplies Monitor
  21. Nurse Buddy
  22. Bulletin Board Helper
  23. Substitute Assistant
  24. Weather Tracker
  25. Homework Checker

The number of jobs assigned in your class may vary depending on the needs and age of your students. If you have more students than jobs, you could also assign several students to the same job. For example, you can never have enough people monitoring the supply caddies or picking up trash off the floor. Just choose jobs that are important to you and will give students a sense of ownership and responsibility in the classroom.


  • Jamie Goodwin

    Jamie graduated from Brigham Young University- Idaho with a degree in English Education. She spent several years teaching and tutoring students at the elementary, high school, and college level. She currently works as a contract writer and curriculum developer for online education courses. In her free time, she enjoys running and spending time with her boys!

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