Volunteering

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Volunteering
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Thu, 09-09-2010 - 1:41pm

For the past 6 years my children have been in a school with volunteering during school hours. You could be a class parent, plan parties, go on field trips, spirit day, lunch room, recess, coaching, etc.



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In reply to: mamageek
Fri, 09-10-2010 - 10:50am

What's worked for me was to invite questions and discussions; be honest about what I know and believe, and what I don't know and don't believe. Have the kids look up scripture in different translations and discuss them. How does faith work out in real (teen) life as well in adult life. Like you said, by 7th grade they know it. Now they need to know how to apply it and what it looks like in the real world, not just the classroom and in a book. It's harder to teach this way than just from the book. And you will have your faith challenged. Which is probably why no one else wanted the class. But you will also come away with a better understanding of your own faith and beliefs.

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Registered: 01-08-2009
In reply to: mamageek
Fri, 09-10-2010 - 11:16am
Not to discourage you, but after working with 6th-8th grade for the last three years, this year I asked to be put back with the preschoolers. I am now teaching three year olds. And actually liking it.
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In reply to: mamageek
Fri, 09-10-2010 - 11:52am



This is the woman who handles our afternoon carpool line.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
In reply to: mamageek
Fri, 09-10-2010 - 1:41pm

"Mostly, we write checks in middle school." LOL! This is too true! And it's the same with high school, except for the occasional day when they need parents to serve treats during the break the week before mid-years and finals.



But check-writing is the easiest way to volunteer in MS and HS!

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In reply to: mamageek
Fri, 09-10-2010 - 1:45pm

But check-writing is the easiest way to volunteer in MS and HS!




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Registered: 05-27-1998
In reply to: mamageek
Fri, 09-10-2010 - 1:51pm

All the weenie principals do this. They put the asst. principal/headmaster in charge of the tough stuff, like discipline, while they do the administrative and suck-up work.



At our elem. school, the principal was amazing. He handled discipline issues and soothed upset parents. He was tough, but he knew everything that was going on in his school and the kids loved and respected him. Really, he was a true headmaster, a teacher first and foremost.



In our middle and high schools, the headmasters are more like paper-pushers. When my DD was in middle school, she called the HM "huggy bear" behind his back because he was this big fat dude who was really weak in the authority department. He tried to please everyone. The kids like him, but they don't really respect his authority.

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In reply to: mamageek
Fri, 09-10-2010 - 2:17pm
You and I must be similarly talented, then. But I did once wash and sanitize 40
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Registered: 07-10-2010
In reply to: mamageek
Fri, 09-10-2010 - 4:44pm

That is truly disgusting, that a mom would treat another woman's child that way. If another mom has a problem with me, she'd better address it with me personally, NOT my child.

Not every mother can volunteer. I also don't see why it is so encumbent on the woman to volunteer, but dads are never pressured quite the same way.

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Registered: 07-10-2010
In reply to: mamageek
Fri, 09-10-2010 - 4:45pm

Yeah, especially the ones who insult other people's children and try to garner special favors for their own children.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: mamageek
Fri, 09-10-2010 - 11:06pm
I think it's also partly about socioeconomics. The stuff people are describing in this thread is unheard of at our elementary school, where 60% of the kids are low-income. We don't have volunteers "competing" with each other; we have trouble getting enough volunteers.

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