Thanks to all who have shared observations from their experiences.
I have written to Josť Francisco Mendoza Contreras, the director and re-explained:
1. that volunteers prefer groups no larger than 8 students.
2. that the goal of our program is to bring the joy of reading to as many students as possible, but that:
a. we are not all trained educators and
b. that there are limitations with our fluency
c. that there is discomfort if our role is expected to be that of reading specialists
I will continue to discuss these ideas with Francisco.
3. Those of us that have joined the group after the initial meetings should be sure to meet with the director and have him introduce your team to the teacher. He and I have been in communication but, that does not necessarily mean that your name has been written into any paperwork.
Francisco has made it clear that he & the teachers greatly appreciate our efforts. He has welcomed volunteers to arrange with the classroom teachers changing schedules, make up days and even to add extra days if volunteers & teachers are in agreement.
4. Remember that you are not required to keep the students for the the entire afternoon. Consider reading a single book and adding a simple art or writing component to session.
If their is interest, we can have a meeting and discuss techniques for engaging students.
Please keep students in control, if this becomes impossible, bring them back to their teacher early.