Classroom Jobs + School Vocational Experiences

Giving students jobs in the classroom is important for a variety of reasons. Not only can classroom jobs be helpful in keeping the classroom running smoothly, they can also give students a sense of purpose and responsibility.

There are two main categories of school jobs for students in special education: classroom jobs done either in the morning or afternoon for classroom maintenance, and then work experience jobs that might take up a class period because you are focusing on teaching vocational skills through those jobs.

Here's a list on each of those categories to get you thinking of jobs that your students might be able to do in your classroom and throughout your school!

Classroom Maintenance / Morning and Afternoon Jobs


  • Setting up daily question
  • Attendance
  • Write lunch menu for the day / find picture of lunch option
  • Greeter
  • Classroom calendar set up
  • Music (play classical music during transition time / before class begins)
  • Pass out daily communication sheets (I love these ones)
  • Sensory manager (turn on sensory lights, etc)
  • Organize books on shelves/bins
  • Clorox wipes to clean desks
  • Vacuuming
  • Dusting
  • Watering classroom plants
  • Write the date for the next day
  • Clean doorknobs
  • Turn off computers
  • Plug in iPads / walkies 
  • Putting up chairs on desks to vacuum
  • Empty garbage cans
  • Wipe white board (and mini white boards) clean
  • Reset schedules for next day (daily and work task schedules)

School Jobs for Vocational Experience


  • Work in the library (return books with help, straighten books on shelves)
  • Wash tables in the cafeteria
  • Shredding papers
    • Get a heavy duty one like this one *amazon affiliate link
    • (also removing staples from papers can be another job before shredding!)
  • Sweep / dry mop hallways
  • Wipe down lockers
  • Recycling 
  • Sorting teacher mail into mailboxes
  • Copy center
  • Delivering papers to classrooms
  • Coffee or snack cart for teachers
  • Collecting and organizing box tops
  • Collecting office supply orders
  • Dishes (school kitchen / cafeteria)
  • Laundry (PE clothes, rags)
  • Clean and get coolers ready for athletic events
  • Stock vending machines
  • Get ice / make ice packs for nurse 
  • Sharpen pencils for testing / teacher classrooms
  • Hang up / take down seasonal decor



I hope these lists help you think of the ways you can teach your students responsibility and important work and life skills in your classroom! Grab this free job list here.

Please comment with any other ideas and what your favorite classroom jobs are for your students!

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