You know the drill...
First week of school, and every student in your class gets a handout (or two, or six) from each of the teachers on their schedule. Some with sign and return forms for parents and families. Some with pages and pages of rules and regulations or materials that need ordering.
All of which rarely get read.
See. Sign. Rinse. Repeat. And promptly forget everything as the first days "back to school" immediately blend together in a maze of interchangeable rules, regulations, materials to purchase, and dime-a-dozen welcome letters that never get read.
So why not stand out from the crowd with an attractive course welcome letter or overview?
After five years of teaching, I came to the unfortunate realization that NOBODY was reading my beginning of year documents no matter what inspirational messages I threw in there to keep things lively and student-centered. So I retooled my traditional course welcome letter to a more visually appealing format about three years back, and have experienced immediate changes in my classroom dynamic ever since.
Check out the preview document to see a .pdf of my latest course welcome letter. The paid digital download gets you a fully editable MS word template of the same, including:
+ Step-by-step instructions on how to use the template for creating a vibrant, student-centered, and visually stunning letter of welcome to your course -- helping your class stand out from the pack as you strengthen relationships from the first day of school.
+ Fully editable sidebars with "fast facts" to add life and outside world relevance to your classroom
+ Suggested web-based classroom supplements for flipping portions of your class through Google Forms, QR Codes, Twitter, Voxer, and your school LMS
+ Sign and Return portion that guarantees that parents will see your visually stunning course welcome letter amid the pack of so many other back to school forms (always helps to get families on your side early in the game)
This document is classroom tested and has provided me with a ton of parent and student goodwill to start the year off strong. It was so successful, in fact, that it inspired me to whip up a similarly themed Unit Plan Newsletter Template (Bundle)
for each of the subsequent units in my American Literature class along the way.
NO FANCY SOFTWARE OR ADDITIONAL FONTS REQUIRED! If you have Microsoft Word (and the ability to right click a mouse), you've got yourself an awesome new template for your course syllabus or welcome letter.
Happy planning! And please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have at any time.