The Conversation Journal is a tool I utilize in my classroom to promote student teacher communication. We simply write letters and correspond via the Conversation Journal on a weekly basis. It's a valuable tool in terms of informal assessments whether it be writing, handwriting, spelling, vocabulary, etc. However, it goes beyond academics in value as I build a foundation of trust with each student. I ask about their likes, dislikes, interests and in return I use what I learn from each student to incorporate those things into my lessons. This is the letter which I will use to inform my parents when we begin again in the fall. Enjoy!