Every year I am somehow fortunate enough to get a couple of really awesome parent volunteers. And in a Title I school with not an ideal amount of parent involvement each year. What I'm trying to say is that if you're thinking, "Well, that's just not gonna happen with my school," you're probably wrong. I've been asked by a few colleagues how I get to be so lucky, and I've always just said, "I ask." Well when I really think about it, it's not just that I ask, really. It's that I am organized about it. If you ask for volunteers, and then they come into your classroom, you'd better be prepared. You cannot act annoyed that they are standing in front of you while you're trying to teach that oh-so-awesome lesson on bar models. You just can't. So, be prepared, or they won't return. This is a quick post on how I get volunteers in my classroom and keep them all year. Yep, all year.
This one is probably a no-brainer for you (especially if you already read teacher blogs). You need to ask. Then you have a list you can refer to of parents that want to help. If you only have a couple, jot their names on a sticky note and put it somewhere near your work area so you can contact them when needed.