Begin and end class on time

    • Remember to sign in and get a visitor name tag in the main office
    • New volunteers must register on the CMS (Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools) website

Be prepared

    • Use the curriculum calendar
    • Write a detailed lesson plan including specific activities
    • Prepare materials – the more visuals and manipulatives, the better

Always speak in Spanish!

Communicate with the teacher

    • If you must miss class, please find a substitute and let the teacher know
    • If you need help disciplining a student, please let the teacher know

Collaborate with fellow volunteers

    • Plan class together
    • Walk together or carpool
    • Problem solve together
    • Use the DavidsonFles Blog! (

A note on discipline

Class activities should be fun, but this doesn’t mean a free-for-all. You should expect good behavior and cooperation at all times. Discipline is an essential part of instruction, and it should be conducted in Spanish. If behavior is a problem, discuss how to best handle it with the classroom teacher.  If you are organized and prepared to teach, your students will meet your expectations.

Success factors

  • Overt enthusiasm in your teaching
  • A positive attitude toward children
  • Creativity
  • Preparation
  • Flexibility
  • Developmentally appropriate lessons

Rewards of being a FLES volunteer

  • Development of confidence and poise
  • Leadership and decision making practice
  • Perfection of your own language skills
  • Career exploration
  • Modeling good citizenship
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