Guidelines for Volunteers
- Classroom and student work is always confidential. Please don’t discuss student problems with anyone except the teacher.
- Try not to compare children within the classroom.
- Since there are as many different methods as there are teachers, please do not compare different methods of teaching. There is no one best way to do anything.
- Work positively for the good of the school. Constructive criticism should be directed only to the supervising teacher or school administrator.
DO’S AND DON’TS
What a Volunteer does
- Signs in at the office
- Praises and encourages
- Tells the child good things about himself
- Tries to understand how the child feels
- Commits to regular attendance and arranges parent substitute
- Builds caring and supportive rapport
- Speaks directly to teacher about concerns regarding any student performance
- Is considerate of teacher’s time
- Works with all children not just their own
What a Volunteer does not do
- Berates or belittles
- Acts in a cold or indifferent manner
- Criticizes the teacher
- Fails to call and let school know he or she is going to be absent
- Gets physical with a child
- Violates confidentiality by passing on information to the community
- Loses control and says something that is inappropriate or might be regretted