Abbey Parks

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  1. This post got me going on the Jobs thought. I’m thinking about formalizing Jobs a bit more. Kids like playing with my props and toys. I think it would give each kid who has a specific job a bit more ownership if there’s an item that goes along with the job that they are responsible for keeping during classtime. I’m thinking that the clapper kid (a la Abbey, here) gets the clapper/noisemaker (obviously). The Dictionary Kid could keep his/her cell phone on the desk in case they need to look up a word on their translation app. Then I’m thinking about introducing a King/Queen of Gestures – some kid who just nails the gestures cumulatively and they could keep some trinket on their desk… When you can’t have anything on your desk, it’s special to be able to do so. And, since 14 year olds can’t really control themselves, if they monkey with their trinket when it’s not the right time, they get fired and someone else gets a chance…. just thinking out loud here…

  2. Grant you’ve hit the nail directly with “if they monkey with their trinket when it’s not the right time . . .”

    Students do like a physical reminder of their job. A prop works. My youngest students cannot be responsible for not monkeying, but my older students are pretty good at using props for the intended pupose.

    The ticket is that they all feel ownership in the success of the class because they have purpose in supporting the outcomes whether it be quiz master, artist, applause leader, roll taker, whatever. We’re all in this together and we succeed because in our classroom family we care to support each other and help.

  3. That’s why I prefer to stay with the same kids over four years if possible. Each kid barely learns their job when the year is over. When they keep their job over all their four years of high school, their sense of ownership and responsibility to the group only grows. You are so right to bring our focus back to that idea of inclusion from time to time here, Kate, and thank you for being Kate.

  4. You are welcome.
    I guess with older kids keeping a job for four years might be good. But, it doesn’t give some of the others an opportunity to grow into the job. I am of the mind that people change jobs on a fairly regular basis. We shouldn’t count on any one individual to carry the ball on a team of players, we want to build skills in all of us so that we can step up to the plate whenever we are called on.
    Hope that makes sense.
    And Ben I am grateful for the opportunity to be here and learn. Thank YOU!

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