Outline of Key Events by weep00p


									                                      Outline of Key Events

1 of 2. What do parent volunteers need to know about your classroom and the curriculum?
You could send information like this home ahead of time, or give it to parents as they arrive.

Dear Volunteer, Welcome! Thank you for your willingness to help out in our classroom!
Below is some information about us, followed by an explanation of what you will be doing.
Please feel free to ask questions!                                 [your name]

                       WHAT YOU WILL SEE IN THE CLASSROOM

Information about the [subject matter] program: Give a 2-3 sentence overview of your goals
for this subject matter area.
    Kindergarten Literacy Example: Writing is an important part of the language arts program.
    It helps children learn to express their thoughts and ideas and it also helps them develop
    important knowledge for reading such as recognizing letter sounds. Each morning the
    children write in their journals, and then we have Authors Chair where a few students have
    the opportunity to share their writing. This gives me the opportunity to point out features of
    their writing (such as using capital letters and periods, or using a drawing to explain ideas)
    that others can learn from.

Information about the routines, participation structures, format for the lesson being
observed: Parents need to know how the class period or day is organized so they know what to
expect and understand when/why particular transitions are coming.
   High School Math Example: When students come into the classroom, they see the “problem
   of the day” on the board. They know that they are supposed to work with the problem
   individually for about 10 minutes, and then work with their problem-solving group to share
   their thinking. Then each group comes to the overhead to explain their approach to the
   problem and provide evidence for their thinking. This activity provides a springboard for
   that day’s lesson where I will either lead a discussion or ask the students to try out a different

Information about behavior expectations: Knowing about your rules and routines can help
parents interpret how students move about the classroom, handle materials, and understand what
is expected of them.
    Middle School Social Studies Example: At the beginning of the school year, we developed a
    set of behavior expectations that you will see posted in the classroom. These expectations
    mirror many aspects of democratic participation such as showing respect for others’ ideas
    and property. In social studies we use both primary records (historical documents, diaries,
    journals) and secondary sources (textbook, magazines, newspapers) to try to understand
    historical events from many different perspectives. This means we spend time in groups
    working with materials and discussing different interpretations of them. Students are
    expected to handle the primary documents that I bring in with care. They also must show
    respect for others’ ideas by listening carefully and considering each group member’s
1 of 2. How will volunteers understand their responsibilities? Because classrooms are busy
places, it is often difficult for teachers to find time to talk at length with volunteers about what
they will be doing in the classroom. The following example can be adapted to your situation and
to several different types of responsibilities volunteers may take on. You could make it a
permanent handout, or creat a form you fill out for specific volunteers on specific days.

                             YOUR ROLE IN THE CLASSROOM

Subject: Writing Workshop

Type of Support (individual, small group): individual assistance

Student Names: Jessica and Juan signed up for publishing help today.

Location (classroom, library, hallway): You will sit at the publishing table and students will
come to you individually.

Type of assignment (homework, make-up work, today’s in-class task): You will assist
students who are ready to publish their books. They will bring their drafts to you and you will
help them edit them for spelling, grammar and punctuation. They will make their final copy and
ask you to check their book again. Once you have checked it, the book can be put in the
“publish” tray to be laminated.

Notes about how you can help: Students have been encouraged to get their thoughts on paper
and use “invented spelling” (they spell the word like it sounds). At the publishing stage, I usually
circle misspelled words and ask the students to “have a go” at spelling them correctly. We talk
about which parts were correct (closest to standard spelling) before I give them the correct
spelling. For grammar and punctuation, we talk about each spot that needs correcting, what is
missing or incorrect, and then I help them correct any errors.

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