Have you ever thought of attaching a cover page to your weekly homework? One that serves a variety of purposes, but one that encourages back and forth communication. This FREE upload is a packet of a several of the homework letters I write to my students through the year. These letters are the same ones cited in the post "Connecting with Students through Writing" on our website/blog:
We never have enough time. We're the worlds' champion plate-spinners: circus jugglers got nothin' on us!
In the whirlwind that is our classroom, there never is enough time to find out about our students' lives. Sure, we ask them how their weekend was, how soccer practice was, what they are doing this weekend, but really, aren't we always surprised halfway through the year when we find out someone's got a new dog, someone's brother is a great artist, someone else is afraid of thunder? And guess what? I think our kids feel the same way: they always want to know more about our lives.
Somehow, a few years ago, I stumbled into writing weekly letters to my students. It started at the beginning of a school year, as we sent home various communications to parents, and started getting our students used to the routine of homework going out on Monday, and getting returned on Friday. I sat there one Sunday night, with so much to say to them, and decided the best way to do it was to write a letter....
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