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Old 02-10-2013, 04:06 PM
 
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I have been tossing around an idea in my head for the last few weeks, and it seems like it would be brilliant - but at the same time it could turn into a complete nightmare. What do you think? Keep in mind, I teach 1st.

I want to invite parents into my classroom for more than just parties and conferences. I want to start the year next year (yes, I know that this one isn't over yet lol) by asking parents to volunteer for maybe an hour on a given day to come in and read with a group of kids or do some word study or writing activities with groups of kids... then more parents to come do math activities with some kids. I would provide the materials and scripted "lessons" (although moms and dads would not be *teaching* anything... but just some basics in case they need something written down regarding what they are practicing with the kids).

Have you ever invited parents to come in to work with kids, or do you just stick to the clerical stuff? I have some parents this year that don't feel that they are "involved" in their kids' education (sort of not my fault when you don't even help with homework, but that's not what this post is about). I don't want them to feel like I don't want them to be involved.

I've never done this before... I have invited parents to come help with things like literature-based projects (models, posters, etc.), but never with actual content-specific activities. I've always been kind of a control freak. Have you ever invited parent volunteers to help with the academic parts of your day? (My real thought is that I could get way more done in my class of 6- and 7-year-olds if I had more adults in the room - then I could spend more time teaching and less time correcting problem behaviors like throwing magnets at each other.)


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