Teacher’s Brain

Why You Should Keep A Large Visual Schedule in Your Classroom

With the new school year starting, many teachers are looking for ways to improve their classroom routines and procedures for a smoother year. Things like classroom management systems and classroom job charts are great for helping students understand what to expect, behavior guidelines, and how they are expected to contribute to the classroom community during the year. 

Classroom visual schedules are also great for helping students understand what to expect which leads to a smoother transition. When I was in the classroom, a large visual schedule was a must. 

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What does a visual schedule do? 

Visual schedules are schedules of your day that are created with a visual element to help communicate to students the sequence of events for the day. This is especially beneficial to students who struggle to read. They will be able to find out for themselves where and when they will be doing activities. 

Why are visual schedules helpful? 

As teachers, we have likely all experienced situations where students struggled with transitions. Having a schedule so that students can see for themselves what the plan is for the day is empowering. It allows them to understand what is coming up next so they can manage and predict their own day independently because it helps them understand time. 

This means they don’t feel the need to repeatedly ask what they’re doing next. It also helps keep you on track when things get a little hectic. If a student is still struggling, you can allow them to hold the card while transitioning to ease their stress. 

How do I make a visual schedule? 

Teachers are busy people. They don’t all have time to create custom visual schedules for their classrooms, and that’s okay! You can easily find a great visual schedule template or visual schedule printables that you can easily edit and use in your classroom. There are tons of options online if you simply search around. 

If you’re looking for the perfect visual schedule template for your elementary classroom, make sure to check out this Boho Visual Classroom Schedule Resource! 

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This editable Boho style Powerpoint is easy to use and perfect for a boho-themed classroom. Use these cards on a pocket chart, wall, or magnetic board to easily edit and move your schedule around. 

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What is in this download?

  • 50 Editable PowerPoint Slides (*Make sure you have PowerPoint)
  • BOHO Rainbow with Clocks (moveable hands and text boxes provided) Also, without clocks.
  • Cursive and Print for Intermediate or Primary Classrooms
  • Blank Cards
  • 2 Editable Individual Daily Schedule Cards
  • Directions with Suggested Fonts
  • Pictures Cards include ( A+, apple, backpack, chalkboard, books, bell, lunch, milk, glue, globe, clock, crayons, owl, grad hat, paint pallet, paintbrush, bookworm, bus, pencil, pen, check, bell, stars, scissors, beaker, music, paper airplane, protractor, data journal, music, magnets, locker, glasses, light bulb, ruler, flask, heart, sun, tent, music notes, tie, flashlight, plant, tie, test tube)
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For even more visual schedule options, check out my post from last week here! 

What are your favorite ways to help students transition? Let me know in the comments! 

What are Blurt Beans?

Blurt Beans are beans you want to use to help remind students to STOP blurting out during your lessons.  Blurt beans do work in helping students to identify the number of times they interrupt or blurt out during class.

How Blurt Beans Work

You will have a jar full of beans (coffee beans, dried beans, jelly beans) that you will use to store your beans. Each student will get 5 blurt beans. Please note you could do this for a classroom that won’t stay in their seat and call them Jumping Beans. As soon as a student blurts out, they will put a bean back in that jar.  You will have a second jar with 3 or 4 lines to mark reward points.  At the end of the day, students will pour the beans they have left on their desks into the reward jar.  When the jar reaches a reward point, they earn that reward.

What Kinds of Rewards

I like to let students pick their rewards.  It helps them to take ownership in the process. Some ideas are extra recess, reading time, library time, lollipops, movie day, ice cream, virtual field trips or maybe an escape room.  Let the students come up with 3 or 4 that start off small and the highest goal will be the biggest reward.

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Once beans are earned they cannot be taken away from them. They need to trust that you won’t change the rules on them after earning the reward.  Soon students recognize their behavior and begin to change.  You can lessen the rewards to 2 or a single reward after they learn how to keep their beans.

Want to learn more about Blurt Beans for Classroom Management? Look HERE.



Tips For Implementing Classroom Jobs In Your Class

Let’s talk about classroom jobs! 

If you aren’t familiar with the term, classroom jobs are simple and meaningful tasks that you assign each student in your class that will be their responsibility. Tasks like line leader, trash cleaner, cubby inspector, attendance taker, book monitor, etc. You can think of small tasks that they can complete independently that will also take a load off of your plate. 

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At first, it may seem to you that students wouldn’t enjoy being given jobs in class and it would be one more thing to make sure they are getting done. On the contrary, historically classroom jobs are a huge hit among students of any elementary grade! 

Classroom jobs give students a sense of responsibility and importance. It also builds a strong sense of community and belonging. It’s so fun to see how proud they get of their work and the relationships they build with each other by working towards a common purpose. 

Here are some tips for implementing classroom jobs in your class

  • Assign classroom jobs in rotation. Inevitably, there will be jobs that are more popular than others. There will be jobs that are coveted and some that don’t get quite as much enthusiasm. To make it easier, rotate out your jobs once a week. This will keep students from getting too jealous or bummed out that they didn’t get the job they wanted. Plus: students will actually look forward to class on Monday because they will find out what their new job is. Score! 
  • Explain why each job is important. To help build the sense of responsibility, make sure students know why their job is so important to the classroom as a whole. No one wants to be stuck doing a job that isn’t meaningful. You can do this by explaining it all at the beginning of the year, or you can hand out notes explaining the importance each week when students are assigned their jobs. 
  • Reward them for a job well done. Remember, we all appreciate being recognized for the hard work we do. When you notice that your student is doing a great job with their classroom job, reward them! You can do this with your normal classroom rewards (like this one) system or you can create a reward system exclusively for your classroom jobs. 
  • Make sure the schedule is visible for students to reference. When you are rotating out weekly, it can be easy for students to forget what their job is. Creating a display will help them keep track of their job. For younger students who aren’t strong readers yet, include pictures in your schedule so that they can figure out what their job is. 

Ready to get started implementing jobs with your students? I have you covered! 

This classroom jobs chart is completely editable so you can customize it to fit your needs. These cards can easily be used on a pocket chart, wall, or on a magnetic board to make displaying and rotating them easy. 

classroom jobs display preview

You’ll get 52 editable PowerPoint slides. They include premade classroom job cards as well as some blank cards so that you can create your own. Make it your own by choosing between cursive or print and black and white or color with pictures. 

The editability of these cards makes it easy to match them to your classroom theme or decor! 

classroom jobs display preview

Pictures included for Line Leader, Greeter, Caboose, Folders, Lunch, Teacher’s Aide, Pet Care, Book Monitor, Sweeper, Kindness Keeper, Door Holder, Schedule Helper, Attendance, Lights, Cubby Inspector, Hand Sanitizer, Backpacks, Music, Meteorologist, Computers, Pencils, Bell Ringer, Recycling, and  Absent Keeper. 

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Do you use classroom jobs? Let me know in the comments below!


Why You Should Be Using Classroom Jobs For Your Students

In all of my years of teaching, one of my favorite classroom management strategies is assigning classroom jobs. While it’s not a method of tracking behavior directly, it does improve it and generally, the operations of the class run smoother as well. 

What are classroom jobs?

Classroom jobs include things like “line leader”, “cubby inspector”, “attendance”, “caboose”, etc. These are simple jobs that students of any age can complete with little guidance or assistance from the teacher. 

So why give students classroom jobs? 

There are so many reasons! Classroom jobs are an amazing way to grow a classroom community. It gives students a sense of belonging and importance as they are contributing members of the classroom. 

Having assigned duties helps students make new friends and develop those valuable social-emotional skills that are so important in early elementary. It also builds leadership skills because they are taking responsibility for their own job and leading their classmates in the process.

Another huge benefit is that it takes some tasks off your plate! I always loved seeing how proud my students became of the work they do. They felt important and valued, and when students feel valued, they perform better in the classroom. 

If you can’t tell, I love classroom jobs. That’s why I created these editable classroom jobs chart cards. 

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These classroom job cards are made with PowerPoint which makes them easy to edit to fit the needs of your class. You can use them on a pocket chart, wall, or magnetic board to easily edit and rotate your students to new jobs.

classroom jobs

Here’s everything included in this resource

  • 52 Editable PowerPoint slides 
  • Black and white slides with or without images
  • Cursive and print for intermediate or primary classrooms
  • Blank cards for editing as needed
  • Directions with suggested fonts
  • Picture Cards include Line Leader, Greeter, Caboose, Folders, Lunch, Teacher’s Aide, Pet Care, Book Monitor, Sweeper, Kindness Keeper (Make a list of who has been kind), Door Holder, Schedule Helper, Attendance, Lights, Cubby Inspector, Hand Sanitizer, Backpacks, Music, Meteorologist, Computers, Pencils, Bell Ringer, Recycling, Absent Keeper (write a note to those absent). 

I love that these are so versatile. If you think of something you really want to include as a classroom job, you can easily add it! They are flexible enough to meet the needs of each individual teacher. 

Do you assign classroom jobs to your students? Let me know in the comments!

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