I have a few parents who have volunteered to help in the classroom this year. While I appreciate their help, I sometimes find myself not really knowing what I want them to do. I don't want it to be a waste of time for them to come in. I know they could do copies/grading/filing for me or whatever, but I feel like they'd rather be working with the students and interacting with their child. However, having another adult in the room doesn't always seem helpful to me, especially during whole group lessons. What exactly do they do? My one ideas is to have parents come in during small group reading/centers time and I could give them a list of kids to listen to as they read (and as I work with small groups.) Any tips on how to advise the parent in doing this. Does anyone do this? Do you have a list of questions that the parents ask? Do you have them fill out a checklist? Send me your ideas, please.