Guide for planning the workshop(s)
How will I help
volunteers feel comfortable?
- Show/discuss a brief slide show of students interacting in the classroom
- Ask parents to share something about their students
- Provide a walking tour of the classroom that shows different materials and resources
- Use an ice-breaker activity to help people relax
What format will
help volunteers understand how they can assist?
- Engage in tasks students will complete with volunteer assistance (e.g., math problems, writing workshop, Book Club, Literature Circles, science experiments, use of primary sources)
- Watch and discuss videotapes of classroom approaches
- Examine classroom materials (e.g., science kits, manipulatives, children’s literature)
- Examine assessments used in a subject matter area
- Discuss student work samples
How will I communicate
about the curriculum and a volunteer's responsibilities?
- Provide a brief handout (translate if necessary)
- Include drawings/graphics to illustrate main ideas and key connections
- Use Power Point slides or a video to illustrate your curriculum in action
How will I elicit
and respond to parent questions?
- Ask volunteers to write questions on 3 x 5 cards
- Ask volunteers to meet in small groups and list key questions on poster board
How will I know
what parents are learning?
- Ask volunteers for their response to the workshop
- Invite them to ask questions
- Have v olunteers describe what they will be doing to provide assistance
How will each workshop
(and the workshop series) come to a close?
- Ask volunteers what they would find useful as next steps
- Ask volunteers to fill out a written evaluation