I have always been fortunate enough to get a couple of really awesome parent volunteers. If you’re thinking, “Well, that’s just not gonna happen for me,” you might be missing out. 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 need to be prepared. You cannot act surprised or at a loss of what to do when a volunteer comes in and is standing in front of you while you’re trying to teach. You just can’t. So, be prepared, or they won’t return. So I thought I’d share a bit about how you can get volunteers in your classroom and keep them all year. Yep, all year.
Provide At-Home Classroom Volunteer Jobs
In the binder, you can keep a zipper pouch with anything they might need. Adult-size scissors, tape, gluestick, highlighters, white out, pens (red and black), sticky notes/sticky tabs, rubber bands, stickers and a pencil. You can’t assume a family has any of these things lying around the house, so make sure you provide them. Label your supplies so they have a better chance of making their way back to you if they’re left behind.
For quick, one time jobs that don’t need repeating, you can just hand-write directions. Simple, yet effective. This blank page is in the Volunteer Binder download.
For tasks you know will be repeated, you’ll want to provide a typed up set of directions. I typically get 1 or 2 parents that are willing to correct spiral math review work all year. IT HAS SAVED MY TEACHING SANITY. This is easy, but tedious work and it’s definitely something most adults (or even older teenage siblings) can do. If you have a specific way you like to correct work, just provide a detailed guide to correcting. This is helpful for your substitutes, too!
Keep a Classroom Volunteer Prep Work List Handy
So that’s pretty much it! Have you had much success with in school or at home volunteers? What are your secrets? Please feel free to comment below!
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