Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Volunteer Oldie, but Goody

Have you ever gone looking through your files to find something that you really needed and then ran into something else that you remembered being a great idea?  That was me on Monday when I found this little guy hanging out in one of my file cabinets.


He's not pretty, but he was my friend for two years.  I used this folder to help my volunteers know what I would like copied for my classroom.  {I forgot all about it, because I have had an assistant for the past two years in Kindergarten.}

I would gather all of my copies for the week and place the originals in the folder.  I would then label the originals with a sticky note listing how many copies I needed and whether I needed it one sided or two sided.


{Yes, those are still originals in there from two years ago.  Apparently, we were working on tally marks and money at the end of the year.  lol}

The best thing I found in the folder was this goody.


For many years, I was unorganized and not ready for volunteers when they came in.  I would have one thing ready, the volunteer would finish that task, and then would come ask for another.  Once I came up with this system, my volunteers could work at their pace and I had fewer interruptions.  Win, win for everyone.

I would put this form, the copy folder, and any books necessary in a bucket near the door to my classroom. My volunteers would come in, grab the bucket, and get to work.  It was the best system ever!  If I ever have a classroom without an assistant again, I am definitely going back to this system.

If you would like your copy of the volunteer form, you can get it here.  {It looks a little different.  I'm not even sure I have the original anywhere.}

Graphics by Scrappin Doodles.  Font by me.  :)

By the way, I never did find what I was looking for when I found this piece of my past.  Figures, huh?

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