If you hope to be an effective teacher, you have to communicate effectively. You need to communicate with your colleagues, your students, and parents.
Creating letters, syllabi, and other types of “indirect” teaching content can be very time-consuming, and this package alleviates that problem.
Here’s what’s included in this kit:
-Two Open House Letters (.doc). These are letters from two consecutive years. Both are similar, but have slightly different touches to them. Pay special attention to the “challenge” for parents to be part of the process.
-Two Class Syllabi (.doc). These are syllabi from two consecutive years. Again, both are similar, but one builds off the previous year. (There was an ongoing theme / story in the class for two years.) With the SECOND syllabus, pay close attention to the “Raw Numbers” page. (On a related note, a parent, who reviews college syllabi for a living, said that this syllabus was one of the absolute best he has ever seen.) This syllabus has everything: motivation, data, policies, student AND teacher expectations, etc., etc., etc.
-Special Pass AND Special Fail Letters (.doc). In our class, we had both “special fail” and “special pass” clauses written into our course. We documented these clauses in writing and delivered letters to students and parents who met the “criteria” for either “opportunity.” (Haha.)
-Colleague Letters of Recommendation x 2 (.doc). Here are two letters of recommendation—one for a co-teacher I shared a room with and another who taught in a different discipline. The details are very personal and unique, but each letter can provide a framework for letters you create.
-Student Teacher Letter of Recommendation (.doc). Again, this is very personal and unique to my specific apprentice, but you can follow the model and incorporate some of the language into your own letters.
-Former Student Letter of Recommendation (.doc). And yet again, this letter is personal and unique for this individual student. Just follow the model. I’ve written so, so many of these over the years, and each one is always personal, but each one also incorporates some similar language.
* Note: Yes, specific names are used in the letters of recommendation, and almost everything in this kit is on district letterhead. So, just copy and paste the text into your own blank documents. *