Although blogging is a great passion and outlet for me, I’m also a 3rd grade teacher. Much of my time and energy (and money) is spent focused around the 26 little people I spend more than seven hours with five days a week. That’s a lot of time spent together! I make it an important goal to become as familiar with each child as I possible can, from their interests to their learning style, their goals, their fears, and just about everything in between. Many other dedicated teachers and I make it our whole business to help each student learn and grow as much as possible in the 9 months we get to work with them. I’ve learned some great secrets and tricks for how to motivate children and how to help them improve, but do you want to know my ultimate “secret weapon”? It’s YOU! That’s right, I’m talking to you, the person at home who spends the other half of the day with your children. My job may be titled “teacher” but you are just as important to your child’s education, if not more so! I often get so sad to hear parents who “joke” about being glad to send their kid to school to let the teacher “deal” with him/her. While I’m happy to provide my students with love, stability, and opportunities to grow, I have found time and time again that the most successful, highest achieving students are almost always those who have support from their parents as well. One excellent way you can show your children that support is by volunteering in their classrooms. Here are some of the best and simple ways to get involved in your kid’s classroom.