Making Use Of Classroom Volunteers
Often teachers need help in the classroom, the problem is they are too busy to even arrange classroom volunteers to come and help them. Parents that have free time should step up to the plate and offer to help where they can.
Sometimes parents who volunteer can become bored. These parents should not become discouraged, as there are ways to make this a fun and helpful experience for the teacher. As a parent there is a responsibility to the children, they are the future of the country.
This gives the parent a good idea as to what kind of stress the teacher faces on a daily basis. Educating children is a responsibility that only dedicated people are equipped to handle. Some of these responsibilities are administering discipline, proficiency regulating, updating of curriculums, the safety aspect of the children and much more. Teachers could find themselves at work until eighteen hundred hours just trying to keep abreast of the duties they have to perform.
While it is clear that many teachers can do with the extra help, the volunteers can represent more work for the teachers. They have to dispense tasks to the volunteer and this takes time and effort.
It is a bit of a catch twenty-two as creating a roster for the volunteer can represent as much stress for the teacher as not having a volunteer. More so than ever before, schools are in need of volunteers to help with the task of educating the future of the country.
Strategic planning is critical in terms of the volunteers duties. Responsible work should be given to the volunteer in order to lighten the load on the teacher. This will allow the teacher to continue with projects that need finalizing. The principle and some of the senior teachers could draw up an operating and procedures manual. This could be the blue print for all future volunteers to adhere to.
A twenty minute meeting between teacher and volunteer should suffice to discuss the safety policies of the school, special needs that certain learners may have and the expected standard of behavior. Furthermore, grading policies and daily responsibilities can also be discussed. The volunteer should have a list of questions to ask the teacher. Discuss all emergencies including the locking down of the school and fire drills.
Teachers should arrange a workstation for the classroom volunteers. This should be clearly indicated so that learners and other teachers do not use the desk and chair unwittingly.