An effective volunteer program will make your school and classroom even more successful. Students benefit from parent and community involvement. This if the final post in this three-part series where we’ve discussed how to recruit volunteers for the classroom and tips for managing your volunteers once you acquire them.
In conclusion to this mini series I’m sharing three resources that I’ve found helpful in creating my own classroom volunteer program.
Judith Wencel has decades of experience with recruiting and managing volunteers for middles school students. She wrote a helpful article sharing all she learned about running a successful school volunteer program.
Angela Watson writes about getting classroom helpers and using them wisely. She offers ideas for finding volunteers and tips for managing them to make the most of their time in your class. I love her idea of designating an area of the classroom for volunteers. She also has a version of the volunteer basket similar to the one I wrote about in my article “Tips for Managing Volunteers in the Classroom.”
Scholastic Instructor gives practical ideas for setting guidelines and giving feedback to classroom volunteers. Successful volunteer programs are organized and have clearly communicated guidelines.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this mini series on Working with Volunteers in the Classroom. Please add your ideas in the comments or email me. More discussion = more learning.
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