PARENT VOLUNTEER INFORMATION
Thank you for your willingness to spend time supporting our teachers and students in the classroom learning environment. You are a valuable asset as we assist students in becoming independent learners. The children at our school are fortunate to have such an interested and involved parent community.
When in the classroom, please remember that being a volunteer carries with it some important responsibilities, outlined below:
- CONFIDENTIALITY: It is essential that student confidentiality is maintained. You will be exposed to all kinds of student academic and social behavior; it is not acceptable to discuss that information with anyone else. Remember that if it were your child, you would appreciate this respect and privacy.
- YOUR ROLE: You are there to provide assistance to the classroom teacher and students in whatever way is most helpful. It is important that you seek and take direction from the teacher so that student learning progresses smoothly under their direction.
STUDENT DISCIPLINE: is the responsibility of the teacher. If you see something significant of which the teacher is unaware, ask how he/she would like to be made aware of the situation.
- PROVIDE SUPPORT
- If you are unsure how to provide assistance to students, don’t hesitate to consult with the teacher. It is important that the student does the work; please do NOT do the work for them. They learn by doing.
- Using encouragement and interacting with a positive attitude is most helpful.
- Supporting the teacher is essential; you may not always understand the underlying reasons for what they do or the way in which it is done, but instruction is well-planned with specific objectives in mind (e.g. “coloring within the lines” or cutting out a shape may have more to do w/ fine motor development than “art”; creating a sequential pattern develops underlying concepts for multiplication and factoring)
- MINIMIZE DISTRACTIONS
- Please do not interrupt the teacher during instructional time with students. If you need to ask questions, please wait until an appropriate time.
- Please don’t carry on “side-bar” conversations with your child, other students, or adults as students are working or trying to attend to instruction.
- Please don’t bring siblings into the classroom with you; we have no provision for child care while you are volunteering.
- Please enter, move around the classroom, and leave quietly. ☺
ROUTINES / PROCEDURES: When you come to volunteer, please 1) sign-in and out at the classroom teacher’s Volunteer Notebook; 2) wear a volunteer badge (not all adults and kids on campus will know you!) if you will be working anywhere other than the child’s classroom 3) many activities are appropriate for volunteer activities in the classroom (others are fulfilled by our instructional aides)
GOOD JUDGMENT: In general, if you conduct yourself as the valued guest you are, your time in the classroom will be productive and enjoyable. Never hesitate to discuss (at an appropriate time) any questions you may have with the teacher. Ultimately, the classroom and what occurs there is the teacher’s responsibility. We are all working to establish and maintain a culture of courtesy at Neil Cummins. You are a valuable part of that process, and we welcome you!