What am I doing here…? 1. Introduction November 2009
Be the volunteer you want your child to have
Rule 1: He listens… Rule 2: He listens… Rule 3: He listens again…
Shelooksthem in theeye. Shethinksbefore she speaks. She stayscalm. She respectseach child. She’sfair. Shedisciplines.
She does HER homework.
Be pro-active: Get to know your class Prepare more than you need Talk to other volunteers Keep the pace going Use ‘real’ stuff = realia Be flexible… by…
. … teaching the student … talking about what they know … loving them!!
Issues to clear up right from the start: Discipline What you will teach How to handle your local teacher
Open thewindows Know all the drills at the school: fire/flood emergencies/first-aid Rest room use
In your children’s closets In the closets of your children’s friends Books Magazines Newspapers Brochures Flyers Menus Cartoons Maps Photographs
Really cheap RMB stores stickers = books gold stars = foreheads sweets = when they leave group prizes = older kids/teenagers: pencils pens fun items The perfect combination The perfect combination
A volunteer’s best friend… the internet
Ode to Volunteers Many will be shocked to find, When the day of judgment nears, That there's a special place in HeavenSet aside for volunteers.Furnished with big recliners, Satin couches and footstools: Where there's no committee chairman, No group leaders or carpools.No eager team that needs a coach,No bazaar and no bake sale;There will be nothing to staple,Not one thing to fold or mail.Telephone lists will be outlawed,But a finger snap will bringCool drinks and gourmet dinnersAnd rare feasts fit for a king.You ask, "Who will serve these privileged fewand work for all they're worth?"Why, all those who reaped the benefit andNOT ONCE VOLUNTEERED on Earth!