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Posted on April 19, 2013 2:24 am
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KW1091
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The Super Parent Volunteer
A mother of one of your first grade students is an active volunteer in the school. At the beginning of the school year she would occasionally volunteer in your classroom. Now instead of occasionally volunteering she is volunteering in your classroom every day. You see that her child is distracted by her presence. The school has an open door policy, but you feel that the mother being in the classroom every day is affecting the quality of the studentís schoolwork. Volunteers are scarce within the school and you do not want to discourage parent involvement, but you feel the mother is being overbearing. How would you resolve the situation?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted April 21, 2013 7:04 pm

resabu
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I would talk to the parent and try to get them more involved in the whole school rather than just your classroom. I would ask if the mother would like to volunteer in another classroom, one that the teacher has problems getting volunteers. If that for some reason does not get the parent out of the classroom I would then have a conversation with the mother about coming in less and talk about the distraction it is causing with their child.
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ypuqum
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I agree with this post. Trying to approach this situation by mentioning how other areas of the school could really benefit from her time as well would make her feel that she is really appreciated.
  Posted on: October 16, 2014 11:22 am

ezaDyR
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I agree also, I would give the parent other suggestions at how they can benefit the entire school rather than just one class. There are plenty o opportunities and I would tell them I could arrange it for them in order to persuade them.
  Posted on: October 17, 2014 12:21 am

Brianne Blowers
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I think trying to get the parent involved in other volunteering activities is a good possible solution.
  Posted on: October 19, 2014 10:00 pm

uJabaz
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Excellent suggestion!
  Posted on: February 26, 2015 6:39 pm

Kady Schlemmer
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This is a great solution.
  Posted on: July 9, 2016 8:55 pm

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Solution 2
Posted April 23, 2013 3:45 pm

uDuhyN
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I would talk to the parent about how the students work has started to go downhill. I would tell her that I appreciate her helping in my classroom but I can see it is having an effect on the student. I would recommend that she maybe volunteer in another classroom, office, or the lunchroom. That way we get to keep out volunteer and help our students get back on the right track.
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uJabaz
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Excellent suggestion!
  Posted on: February 26, 2015 6:40 pm

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Solution 3
Posted October 18, 2014 6:59 pm

aWeRun
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I would give her things to do that would be outside of the classroom. In my school, we have a parent volunteer room. This is where parents go to do any volunteer work. We have an open door policy to volunteer, just not in the actual classroom. Too big of a distraction.
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uJabaz
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Excellent suggestion!
  Posted on: February 26, 2015 6:40 pm

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Solution 4
Posted March 15, 2015 2:49 pm

ByHuSu
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If talking to the parent doesn't work, I would talk to the principal to create volunteer guidelines like we have in our school. At the beginning of the year, you fill out a form saying what activities you would like a volunteer for. You have the option of checking off that you would not like volunteers to be parents of your students. I check this option each year. It's an all or none type of deal, so if you check it, NONE of the parents of your students will be volunteering in your room. Of course we still have the open door policy where parents are welcome to pop in their children, but if the volunteer aspect is taken away from it, it takes away her excuse to stay in there for long periods of time.
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Solution 5
Posted October 12, 2015 11:49 pm

Xyraju
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Tell the parent to go and volunteer in the library, cafeteria, one of the specials. Her daughter's grades should not be effected due to her constantly being in the class.
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