School Site Volunteer Orientation - Volunteer MPS


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  • School volunteers can help students become safe, healthy contributors to the community. We call this “youth development,” which is a type of learning that extends beyond academics.There are 5 C’s in youth development CompetenceComes from having the knowledge and skills to function effectively in understanding and acting in the community.CharacterComes from having the intention to do what is just, right, and good.ConnectionComes from having Safety & Structure and Membership & Belonging to a group.ConfidenceComes from having Self Worth, Mastery of content, and a sense of a Future.ContributionComes from having an understanding of the meaning of giving to others.Volunteers can help particularly in the areas of Connection and Confidence
  • Self-esteem is how we feel about ourselves, and our behavior clearly reflects those feelings.  A student with high self-esteem will be able to:-act independently-assume responsibility-take pride in his or her accomplishments-attempt new tasks and challengesOn the other hand, a student with low self-esteem will:-avoid trying new things-feel unloved and unwanted-blame others for his or her own shortcomings-feel, or pretend to feel, emotionally indifferent-put down his or her own talents and abilities-be easily influencedBuilding self esteem is another common element of most volunteer jobs in schools.Listed are some examples of ways you can help build confidence in students abilities and develop a healthy sense of who they are:- Give students sincere praise when it is deserved. Students will pick up on the praise and learn what you expect. - Listen to and acknowledge feelings without making judgments. Youth need to feel accepted, understood, and safe.- Expect the best. Youth need boundaries and want clear expectations. Students live up to our expectations of them. - Be consistent. Some students don’t have consistency in their home lives, so your presence, on a regular basis, is important to show that you care. - Build a relationship! It will take time, patience, and understanding, but it shows the student that you respect them and want them to succeed in life. - Empower students by showing them how they can learn from past mistakes. Remind them of past successes. - Comment on students’ actions, not on their human worth when giving corrections. (i.e. “That comment was rude.” vs. “You’re a mean kid.”)
  • It is important to realize that some of the students in our district are combating unmet basic needs that are not always visible to others. These factors can severely inhibit learning. - Autonomy, love, self-confidence and a sense of belongingness- More severe: hunger, homelessness, physically or emotionally unsafe at home, having to raise themselves and/or their siblingsIn coping with these needs, some students may:- Use inappropriate language- Exhibit defiant behavior- Engage in power struggles- Talk big to cover up feelings of inadequaciesSay or do things merely for the “shock value” of the behaviorThe following are common behavior motivators and the suggested response for volunteers:1) Power: A student acts out, trying to be in charge/control. Response: Give student choices about how he/she will do his/her work. 2) Attention: A student acts out to be the center of attention. Response: Redirect the student with specific praise for good work or behavior. 3) Revenge: A student lashes out to get even for real or imagined hurt feelings. Response: Show student ways that he/she is important, loved and belongs.4) FailureAvoidance: Student acts discouraged and helpless in order to avoid repeated failure. Response: Teach key strategies and encourage the hope that he/she can accomplish what is expected of them.
  • School Site Volunteer Orientation - Volunteer MPS

    1. 1. SOUTHWEST<br />HIGH SCHOOL<br />“Inspiring Excellence in Arts and Academics”<br />Southwest High School welcomes you to:<br />Volunteer Orientation<br />
    2. 2. Learning Objectives<br />New volunteers will leave this orientation knowing:<br />Background on Southwest High School<br />School policies and procedures<br />How school volunteerism fits into a youth development framework <br />Strategies for working effectively with students whose backgrounds may be different from your own<br />Strategies for building student self-esteem<br />Strategies for managing common student behaviors <br />How to keep personal conversations safe and productive<br />What to ask in an initial conversation with the teacher/staff<br />The MPS volunteer policies<br />Next steps<br />
    3. 3. Southwest High School<br />Moving toward academic success<br /><ul><li>Vision
    4. 4. Mission
    5. 5. Goals
    6. 6. Values</li></li></ul><li>Southwest High School<br />Our students<br /><ul><li>Enrollment
    7. 7. Demographics</li></li></ul><li>Southwest High School<br />What we offer<br /><ul><li>Academic curriculum
    8. 8. Clubs and activities
    9. 9. Business/college partnerships</li></li></ul><li>School Policies<br /><ul><li>Cell phone use
    10. 10. Computer/internet use
    11. 11. Attendance
    12. 12. Behavior management
    13. 13. Etc.</li></li></ul><li>School Procedure<br /><ul><li>Expectations of volunteers in the school
    14. 14. Supervision
    15. 15. Check-in/ name badges
    16. 16. Absences and consistency
    17. 17. School policies</li></li></ul><li>Logistics and Resources<br /><ul><li>School calendar
    18. 18. Parking
    19. 19. Class schedule
    20. 20. Staff contact information</li></li></ul><li>Youth Development<br />In addition to academic achievement, volunteers should strive to develop non-academic outcomes in our students. These are critical to our students’ overall lifelong success.<br />There are 5 “C’s” that are our focus areas for youth development: <br />Competence<br />Character<br />Connection<br />Confidence<br />Contribution<br />
    21. 21. Working with Students<br /><ul><li>Try to remember what it was like to be the age of your student
    22. 22. Never argue with a student, avoid an escalating situation. If a student refuses to follow your instructions, consult with the teacher in charge
    23. 23. Through words and actions, express that we help students because we believe they can succeed, not because they have failed</li></ul>Necessary components for creating an effective learning environment:<br /><ul><li> Trust
    24. 24. Set boundaries
    25. 25. Consistency
    26. 26. Sensitivity and awareness of the individual needs of students
    27. 27. Positive feedback
    28. 28. Specificity in direction
    29. 29. High and attainable expectations and goals</li></li></ul><li>Self Esteem<br />Helping students build confidence and develop a healthy sense of who they are is a key component of volunteering in a school. Here are some things you can do:<br /><ul><li>Give students sincere praise
    30. 30. Listen to and acknowledge feelings
    31. 31. Expect the best
    32. 32. Be consistent and follow up with everything you say to the student
    33. 33. Build a relationship
    34. 34. Show how to learn from past mistakes
    35. 35. Critique student’s work, not student themselves</li></li></ul><li>Be Aware of Assumptions<br />Common assumptions about students:<br />Have English speaking parents <br />Lives with parents<br />Gets enough to eat <br />Isn’t gifted and ready for a challenge because he or she does not speak English fluently<br />Is angry because he/she is loud<br />Has glasses if he/she needs them<br /><ul><li>Gets to “act their age” outside of school and “be a kid.”
    36. 36. Has his/her own room at home
    37. 37. Can easily stay after school and get a ride home
    38. 38. Can get a folder, notebook and other supplies they might need from home
    39. 39. Has a home to go to after school</li></li></ul><li>Behavior Management<br /><ul><li>Behavior management is different from discipline. It is proactive, not reactive
    40. 40. Teachers, not volunteers, should discipline
    41. 41. Misbehavior may happen when students aren’t getting what they need</li></ul>FAILURE AVOIDANCE<br />ATTENTION<br />REVENGE<br />POWER<br />
    42. 42. Talking about Tough Issues<br />By law you are required to report any suspected abuse, sexual, physical, or emotional. <br />Here are a few tips for talking with youth about tough topics:<br /><ul><li>Create an open environment
    43. 43. Be honest
    44. 44. Be patient
    45. 45. Listen attentively
    46. 46. Use age-appropriate language
    47. 47. Discuss choices and consequences
    48. 48. Refer student to qualified professional resources when appropriate</li></li></ul><li>Discussing Your Role with school staff before you start<br />Teacher’s ability to support you, the volunteer<br />It is important to find out how much of a relationship you can expect to develop with the teacher. Find out the preferred mode of communication whether it be to talk after class each week or to communicate by email. <br />Your skills<br />Example: “I have a strong background in earth sciences and would feel very comfortable helping students learn content material.” –or- “I used to teach an after-school study skills program at the YWCA. I would be happy to work with students who need help in that area.”<br />Teacher’s needs<br /> What does the teacher need help with? It is often good to ask this after you present your skills; teachers may think of needs that pertain to your specific interests and abilities.<br />What you seek<br /> Example: “I would really like work one-on-one with students / have a chance to teach a mini-lesson/ learn more about classroom management techniques through observation.”<br />
    49. 49. MPS Volunteer Policies<br />As a volunteer in the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) you are required to know the following district policies and procedures:<br /> <br />
    50. 50. You Can Make a Difference!<br />There is a great need for quality volunteers!<br />Volunteers in our schools have great importance in the lives of our students<br />As a volunteer, you can:<br />Give a student time<br />Help a student feel accepted<br />Help a student feel successful and instill in him or her confidence<br />Bring a student new experiences<br />Expand a student’s world of adult friendships<br />Offer a student a listening ear<br />Be a good friend<br />