New to teaching? Not-so-new to teaching but want to refresh your back to school materials?
Want to connect with parents? Want to learn about your students? Want to establish classroom expectations & rapport? THIS IS FOR YOU!
Back to School Bundle
Table of Contents
Business Letters – Improve Students’ Self-Reflections and Self-Advocacy Skills through this real world genre, while also encouraging communication between students and parents. This is a perfect assignment to compliment parent-teacher conferences and to get students involved in their learning process:
Communication and Self-Reflection on Progress Handout
Business Letter Expectations
Business Letter Template
Business Letter Self- Revision Guidelines
Beginning of the Year Get to Know You – An easy and quick way for you to get to know your students' at the beginning of the year.
Dear Teacher – Looking for an easy & fast way to learn about your students AND assess their writing ability? Have them write you a friendly letter! This assignment...
establishes a purpose for writing.
includes clear directions for expectations & formatting.
provides a template.
Describe your Scholar – Parents are the experts on their children and have a wealth of information that can help you understand and meet the learning needs of your students! Many parents are eager to share and just need an opportunity to do so! This is a creative and original method to learn more about your students and invite their parents to participate in the classroom.
This invitation to parents asks them to write the teacher a letter about their student! There is so much for you to learn about your student and their parents!
Open House PowerPoint – A PowerPoint presentation designed to play during Open House. The content is geared more towards middle school or high school classrooms and includes 14 slides that features sections for "meet the teacher" and contact information, as well as information on classroom philosophy, differentiation, rigor, teaching academic independence, successful student habits, potential academic obstacles (and how to avoid them!), and more! The PowerPoint is already set-up with animations and can run independently on a loop!
Writing Feedback Key – Looking for a fast and easy way to communicate convention errors in student writing? This handout will allow you and students to revise writing to improve clarity and conventions.
S.T.A.R. Syllabus & Contract – Looking for a concise AND thorough classroom contract? This syllabus is based on the philosophy and acronym S.T.A.R. - Students Taking Academic Responsibility. This handout INCLUDES:
Cheating & Plagiarism Policy
Sequence of Consequences
Parent Information Form
Parent/Student Signature Page
Comes in a Word Document format, so you are able to personalize to adhere to the policies of your classroom and school.
S.T.A.R. Gradebook Comments – Do you want your students to be S.T.A.R.s? A S.T.A.R. is a student taking academic responsibility. The first step is providing students with specific, relevant, timely feedback on their progress and performance so that they can take ownership of their actions. The next step is communicating with parents!
This resource provides teachers with the "right words" concerning student progress and performance in a variety of categories: group work, independent work, quality of work, quality of written work, time management, organizational skills and inconsistent work habits, asking for help and clarification, overcoming challenges, reading and comprehension, written expression, behavior, participation, and preparedness!
Furthermore, this resource provides feedback on three performance levels - below expectations, meets expectation and/or making progress, above and beyond expectations.
Use this resource as a reference on midterm, quarterly, or semester grades! This handy resource is also great when you need to be detailed and articulate in emails, reports, and other documentation. COMES IN BOTH PDF AND WORD FORMATS!