The easiest method for me has been using Popsicle sticks. I write each student’s name on a stick and I place their sticks inside library pockets. I label each library pocket with a job and post them on the wall in a classroom job display. You could add a photo of your students on the end of the sticks for a cute display!I like to include many different types of jobs that students can do independently with some practice. Some of the jobs I like to use are teacher assistant, messenger, chair helper, and pencil monitor.
I rotate student jobs every two weeks instead of one. I find that they need some time to get really good at the job before moving on. They also seem ready after 2 weeks for a change. This way they also have the opportunity to try each job at least once or twice throughout the school year.We change the jobs together as a class so that they can remember which new job is theirs. As I call out each job, I ask students to give me a thumbs up if they know what their job is and a thumbs down if they need me to remind them what to do for that job.