2nd Volunteer Meeting Recap

Posted: August 13, 2010 in Volunteer Meetings

Hi everyone!

We had our 2nd volunteer meeting yesterday (Thursday, 12th August) and spent the majority of it planning for our first lesson this upcoming Sunday, 15th August, from 3 to 4 pm. While the meeting got off to a slow start, pretty soon all the lesson planners were excitedly pitching ideas to the rest of us on what kind of ice-breaking activities we could have during the first class. All volunteers, especially those who have not been able to make it to any of the previous meetings, are recommended to join us for the first class in order to meet all the students.

We also discussed the logistics of the class – just two points to highlight:

– Mrs. Ramita has bought the initial classroom resources that we’re going to use (i.e. notebooks, pencils, erasers, blackboard, charts etc). She will also be providing some snacks for the children like chips and juice.

– All the aunties have volunteered to make a few sandwiches each with chutney to give the children.

– Shilpa and I will be calling all the maids over the next 2 days and inform them of the class. One of us will also be standing near the security guards from around 2.15 to 3 pm on Sunday to make sure that all the kids are let in.

I’ve posted the Recap of the meeting below. It contains a detailed list of the activities we came up with during the meeting. If you have any other suggestions or comments please feel free to leave a comment here on email us at aspire.oberoi@gmail.com.

Recap of Second Meeting

Teachers! Please read the document carefully and take a print-out or write down the activities on a piece of paper to bring to the class.

Also, a note that the organizing committee wanted to tell potential / existing volunteer teachers:

Teachers (and, ideally, the other volunteers for the first few classes at least) should meet up 30 – 45 minutes before each class is scheduled to be held, in order to coordinate the class structure between themselves. If any teaching aids need to be made for the class, the scheduled teachers for that weekend will be responsible for doing this. In event that a teacher is not able to make it at the last minute, there should be back-up teachers.

To ensure maximum continuity between lessons, a volunteer teacher should at least be able to commit 2 to 3 hours per month (i.e. 1 hour on Saturday and 1 hour on Sunday for the same weekend) to teach. Teachers are also responsible for communicating what they did in the previous class to the other volunteers (especially the teachers scheduled for the classes in the upcoming weekend), either by email or in person during the weekly volunteer meetings.

Each class should be taught by 2 volunteer teachers – this ensures that if one teacher cannot make it, at least one of the teachers will know what was covered in both classes that weekend.
Anyway, we’re all super excited! We hope you are too – and we hope we’ll see you on Sunday!

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