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I have to thank a fifth grade teacher for inspiring me into having leaders in my art room! The kids get so excited to get their chance to wear their leader tag, and I make sure every child gets a turn throughout the year.
I know many of you have systems of giving clean up jobs to your kids and other various classroom responsibility jobs are handed out on top of that in some fashion. I also have special systems in place for clean up and odd jobs. This leader tag system was my way of managing everything that happens in my room on top of the clean up system.
Every time the class arrives for art and sits in their seats, I go over lesson directions and pick three leaders. I keep track of who had a turn by underlining in a marker on my seating chart that leader for the day. They then come up and are "awarded" their job for the day.
The art leader is just like me- that child will be responsible for various odd jobs, assisting the project or supply leader, and helping students when they are done.
The project leader gets to do just what it says- pass out projects or the paper/main material to start the project. Sometimes they can pick two helpers to split the pile with, and at the end of the class they organize either the drying rack or the project shelf. I found this helped save time at the beginning and end of class!
The supply leader is also a very important job- passing out and organizing supplies. If at the end of the class the supplies need to be fixed in some way-such as clicking marker caps on or refilling paint- then that child gets the honor of maintaining the supplies. They really take it very seriously and are very excited. Sometimes they can pick a helper as well.
I found that when I instituted this leader tag system that the room was maintained better, and the students were more responsible with all aspects of the management of the classroom materials and projects.
What sort of system do you use?