Effective Use of Volunteers. Anything a volunteer can do, is one less thing you have to do tonight at home. Tara Best 2 nd grade teacher. What makes us truly happy?. Family, Socializing, being around people in general Prayer, Faith Volunteering, Donating, helping with a charity
Anything a volunteer can do, is one less thing you have to do tonight at home.
2nd grade teacher
They have a job. Do not have the time.
They have younger children at home and cannot bring them in (they shouldn’t bring them in).
They do not feel comfortable working with children.
They do not speak English very well.
They have never done it before.
They do not know that they can volunteer.
They do not know what you are looking for in a volunteer.
Tutoring: Include a tutoring binder and tutor kit to ensure effective tutoring. It helps if you have a tutor curriculum or set of lesson plans to follow. Look in Star tutoring.
Include student name, time frame, subject or skill to work on, what they will work on next time, and any tools necessary to complete the tutoring.
Classroom Help (Whole Group) Give quick concise directions. Eg: Walk around and help students who need it, read with a small group, etc. Help with delivering/ cleaning up Art supplies.
Help with cleaning or organizing the classroom. Re-organize bookshelves, dust counters or bookshelves. Clean out cubbies.
Clerical Help: Making copies, filing papers or decorating the classroom for different occasions. Hanging student work in the classroom or hallway. Checking student folders for work. Assembling homework packets. Helping with a classroom newsletter.
Helping with classroom parties.
Helper for seasonal projects such as making Christmas ornaments. Let the volunteer decide exactly what they want to make and let it be their project.
Making classroom games (File folder games)
Cutting out laminated projects or other paper that needs cutting.
Sewing (making chair pockets for the classroom, you provide the materials and they sew)
Scholastic Book Club parent (can be done from home)
Pizza Hut Book it program (can be done from home)
Making birthday bags, crowns etc. Send them the materials and they can put it together at home, writing names on certificates etc.
Making a classroom directory if you would like one. (Get parental permission before adding anyone to the list. This is a great resource for parents who like to get their students together for playdates.
Parents are not your only source for volunteers in the classroom. Brainstorm a few ideas of who else you could ask?
* Retired school teachers
* Aunts and Uncles
* Older Siblings
* Community (check your local police and fire stations, post
Let your parents know that they are NOT the only ones that can volunteer. Help can come from others they may know!
Give your volunteer, quick and understandable directions of what you would like them to do. If it is too confusing they may not come back the next time.
Hold a volunteer training session before or after school one day for all who would like to volunteer in the classroom setting. This could be done at back to school night as well. Emailing the volunteer is also an option. (Add the details to your organization site. Volunteer spot or Google docs, etc.)
Have projects for your volunteers. They gave up their time to come, make it worth their time and yours. Never send them away when you knew ahead of time they were coming.
Make sure you acknowledge everything your volunteer does. Make them feel needed and appreciated and they will be more likely to return.
Always be aware of what is, or is not acceptable by law, by the state, district or your school of what you can and cannot have a volunteer work on.
Privacy is always an issue, do not ask your volunteers to
Handle situations within the classroom that should be handled by you or administration (bullying, arguing, etc.)
Parents may or may not be allowed to handle responsibilities such as playground duty. Check with your school before assigning any tasks that may be an issue.
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