Working with Volunteers, Part 1

April 12, 2010 at 11:44 am Leave a comment

If you’re lucky enough to have someone who is willing to come in on a weekly basis, don’t do like I did and throw a different student at them every week because every week you look up and realize, “Oh right, that volunteer comes in every Friday. Today is Friday.”

Or do. That is what you have to do when you don’t plan for a volunteer, because you want to use their time to give a student some one-on-one attention. In a pinch, you hand the volunteer an old test and quickly introduce a student who is supposed to be at Art or PE. Then you ask them to talk it over and go back to your regular teaching schedule.

However, it is an even better idea (and some years I actually do this) to pair one child with one volunteer over the course of their weekly visits. Then both the child and the volunteer can feel good about the learning and the relationship that will develop over time.  And you can too.

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