Tips for Volunteers
Tips for Classroom Volunteers
When you're in the classroom, remember to...
- Meet with your assigned teacher to discuss specific duties. You can do any task that will free the teacher to work with children.
- Discuss with the teacher anything you may want to do and any problems you may have during the year.
- Be a warm, caring and enthusiastic person who will be a pleasure to have in the classroom.
- Be a good adult model for students in regards to behavior, attitude, speech and dress. Professionalism, courtesy and flexibility are all assets of a classroom volunteer.
- Be aware that many things you may hear and see are subject to student confidentiality laws.
- Never discuss specific student issues or problems outside the classroom environment. We are responsible not only for educating our children, but also protecting their privacy. However, if you ever suspect a child has been abused, notify the teacher, counselor and/or other officials immediately.
- Help every child's self-esteem by expressing as much approval as possible. (Remember, each child, just like each adult, is an individual.)
- Remember that teaching is not as easy as it looks. Stand as one with the teacher at all times. Refrain from criticism and supplement lessons only as the teacher has instructed.
- Be quiet when helping children. Extra noise is distracting.
- If appreciation for the gift of your time, energy and skill is not always expressed, it does not mean that your services are not valued.
- Be prompt
- Be attentive
- Speak quietly
- Support the teacher(s)
- Follow teacher directions
- Be warm, friendly and courteous
- Keep channels of communications honest and open