I just received an email from a student's aunt. She asked if she could help out in the classroom, working with students. She said that last year she was fortunate enough to help out with reading centers. I do Daily 5 in my classroom. The students have been building stamina for independence for the past few weeks, and they are doing great! I love Daily 5, because students are working independently and vigorously at their own pace. I have no need for volunteers. As the Daily 5 book states, when adults are placed into the mix, independence can be lost. If I have students working with this student's aunt once a week during a Daily 5 choice, I am worried that their independence will dwindle, and all of the hard work they have been doing will need to be re-done. (I have seen this happen before with SPED aides...They help students during Daily 5, and then when they aren't there, students don't know how to work independently.) Plus, what would I have her do? For read to self they are reading independently. For listen to reading, they are at the mini laptops. For word work, they are practicing spelling words. For work on writing, they are writing independently. I guess I could come up with some sort of word work game for her to play with them. However, that is more work for me. Plus, because I have 5 SPED students in my classroom, the special ed teacher is in my classroom team teaching during math, during writing time, and during Daily 5. What do I do? It sounds like she wants to be working with students.