As math camp involves many activities, including snack time, there is lots to do inside and outside the classroom to keep everything running smoothly. Inspired by the systems at some of the other summer numeracy sites, I created this ‘Helping Hands’ chart so our Mathletes are always aware of how they’ll be helping out for the day. Each student’s name is on a clothespin, and they are rotated through the different jobs throughout the week. The jobs include:
- Dishes: washing and drying after snack time
- Prayer leader: reading at the beginning of the day
- Snack helpers: arranging and distributing snack
- On call: ready to help in any way needed (passing out papers, sweeping, cleaning tables, etc.)
- Vacation: no job for the day!
- Recreation helpers: collecting recreation equipment, carrying it outside or setting up in gym, putting everything back where it belongs
- Paper passer
- Table washer
- Garbage collector
With this group of students, having assigned jobs keeps them more focused and aware of all the work that goes into having a successful day. The students ‘on call’ pay special attention to the needs of the class, and everybody earns their vacation time!