As 2018 becomes a memory, I hope you will consider setting a goal for 2019: to work for one hour in one classroom, in one school, one day a week.
Every hour we give in support of students and teachers is a valuable hour. In one hour, one day a week you could:
- Round up books in the school library on a subject the teacher plans to begin in the near future.
- Correct papers
- Listen to children read to you OR read to children.
- Help a student organize for a project or organize their gathered information.
- Hang materials on a bulletin board.
- Pick up supplies for an upcoming classroom project.
- Assemble/Collate project information for the students.
- Share your expertise with a class studying a topic related to your interests, occupation, etc.
It need not be during school hours. Many school have afterschool programs, tutorial sessions and evening mentoring where you might work with one or two children to help them get started on their work or on a project.
Where to begin? Contact your local school or RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program).
Contact me for additional ideas on how you can be of service. I have personal ideas for you as well as lists of ideas in my book, Educating America: 101 Strategies. (Talk with me weekdays between 7 AM and 7 PM Pacific Time at 425-420-5161)
There’s always a place waiting for you in 2019.