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K-12 EDUCATION OUTREACH PROGRAM - Tips for Volunteer Preparations

For Volunteers

Guidelines from a Scientists to a Scientist When Working With Teachers

1. Be on-time. Arrive about 15 minutes prior to your presentation.

2. Follow school and classroom protocols. For example, schools may require visitors to sign-in and may restrict the allowance of certain materials due to safety or allergy reasons. Make sure the teacher is always present during the presentation.

3. Be prepared. Meet or talk with the teacher prior to doing a classroom presentation. Know your time-allowance and stick to it by preparing your presentation. Allow time for questions. Ask the teacher to provide you with some examples of what the students have been working on.

4. Be aware of your interaction with the students. Make sure you communicate the information appropriately for their age level. Make sure the subject material relates to their curriculum level. Explain thoroughly. Use appropriate language. Keep noise levels to a minimum with the help of the teacher.

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For Teachers

1. Meet with your volunteer. Talking with your volunteer prior to the visit is essential to help them be prepared.

2. Provide them with curriculum information so the volunteer can align their presentation with the current studies. Tell them what you expect them to cover and what materials may or may not be appropriate.

3. Interact with the volunteer. Make sure you are always present during the presentation in case of classroom management issues. You are responsible for handling your students' behavior.

4. Prepare your students for the visit. Give them some background on what the volunteer will be talking about and have them prepare questions ahead of time. Give those questions to the volunteer so they can be prepared to answer them.

5. Provide the volunteer with basic school and classroom rules. Help the volunteer prepare for the age level/grade level by giving them some background on skills, learning styles, etc.

6. Introduce the volunteer in an appropriate time-slot. Keep the volunter and students on-schedule.

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Additional Resources for Information and Curriculum

Department of Education

Department of Education Guidance on Standards, Assessments, and Accountability

The Gateway of Educational Materials - Information on curriculum and lesson plans for specific grade levels

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards

National Association of Biology Teachers

National Science Teachers Association

National Education Association


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