Sunday, September 13, 2015

Volunteering in the Classroom

As we talked about at Back to School Night, volunteering in the classroom is one way to demonstrate to your student that you value education. I fully understand that not everyone's schedule allows them to do so, but, I welcome those that can.

Every day there are opportunities for parents or grandparents to be involved in the classroom and in our school. Here are a few possibilities. If any of them look enticing, please let me know and we'll get you started right away!

1. Reading Groups - 10:15 - 10:45 Monday - Thursday. Volunteers will help a small group read a short passage. Probing questions, tricky vocabulary, and prompts will be provided for you.

2. Fluency Assessments - Day and time of your choice, first week of the month - Volunteers listen to each student read for one minute, marking any errors. All materials and training will be provided for you.

3. Editing - 12:45 - 1:30 Wednesday - Volunteers will meet one on one with students and help them to edit their paper before beginning their final draft. No red pen needed, just the ability to give feedback kindly.

4. Recess Games - 12:15 - 12:30 - Volunteers will engage students who are playing basketball or kickball. The primary objective is those playing another positive role model.

5. Office Help - Day and time of your choice - Volunteers will answer the phone, take messages, and greet visitors while Mrs. Marlatt takes care of the other million things she has to do. A friendly smile is really all that is needed!

6. Math Notebook Check - Thursday 9:45 - 11:00 - Volunteers will work in the back of my classroom or in the library to check that student math notebooks are complete. This is perfect for those volunteers who aren't as comfortable in the classroom.

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