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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.
Making a Difference Through Volunteering
As the world economy struggles to regain it’s footing, and populations all over the planet begin to revolt, demanding humane treatment, we become more acutely aware of the madness that surrounds us in our daily lives. It’s no wonder that so many people are beginning question their value systems and those of their governments. While it is easy to find reasons to get angry, and be discontented with the current state of affairs, there is a growing population of people who have become committed to providing solutions, rather than simply lamenting the problems.
As miserable as we may feel in our daily lives, it is a sobering moment to realize that our worst day, is often better than the best day of many of our planet’s population. For some, this realization only hardens the heart, but for others, it melts it. For those that recognize the bottomless need for people with helpful skills, patience and a big heart, this is often a turning point.
They begin to realize how easy it is to improve the lives of those less fortunate. The good news is that there are plenty of Aid organizations out there that match skill-sets with populations that need them, and as a result the world of volunteer labour is growing by leaps and bounds.
Central America for instance, has tremendous need for those with expertise in agriculture, medicine, biology, education and more, due to the pressures national governments all over the world are facing. With austerity measures firmly in place to mitigate debt, government services are suffering. Those with skills in the medical field and agriculture are encouraged to volunteer in Guatemala where health care services for the poor are dwindling and resources for agriculture are being stretched thin. And due to recent natural disasters such as flooding, those with expertise in the construction field are encouraged to volunteer in Costa Rica. Their skills are put to use strengthening and repairing facilities and homes weakened and damaged by heavy rains and flooding. There has never been a greater need for people with valuable skills, patience, and heart. Now is the time to put those amazing human resources to good use. Consider becoming a volunteer today!