Tired of writing your class newsletter? Then DON'T, your students can! Take back your personal time AND your sanity!
After years of creating newsletters and spending hours of my own time to write, edit and prepare these letters, I started to think of a way I could share news from school differently. Eventually, one year I tried getting the students to write the newsletter… long story short, I’ve never looked back. IT HAS SAVED MY LIFE and CUT OUT SO MUCH WORK from my already -full- plate!
ALSO, PARENTS LOVE IT! I find that parents are more eager to read the newsletter when they know their child’s work will be featured—students also tend to bring home the newsletter instead of losing it because they have contributed to it. Lastly, it introduces another type of writing to your students--journalism.
STUDENTS LOVE IT! The students can't wait to share classroom news with home by becoming journalists! They are very excited to be the ones to tell their parents what is happening in our classroom!
STOP wasting your time every week writing a newsletter many of your families don't even bother reading. Capitalize on giving your students a meaningful writing assignment as well as sharing important classroom news.
This newsletter isn't editable because you don't type, the students write!
1. Print the pages you need for the week
2. Discuss/tell students what to write about OR let them choose
3. Have students write (usually takes a couple mins per student--you could have it as part of your daily writing center or special helper of the day job)
4. Photocopy on coloured paper to make it visually -pop- in the mailbag
5. Be SO HAPPY you aren't writing the newsletter after school every week :)
What is included in this product:
*Newsletters for ALL 12 months of the year
*2 DIFFERENT styles to choose from (one versions with a boxes drawings & lines, second with just lines)
*DIFFERENTIATED Writing Opportunities: You can either have one student do both drawing/writing OR you can have 2 students contribute and do one of each OR you can simply write for your student while they do the drawing OR use only lines if your students do not need/want to draw pictures)
*2 different options for the back page (1 "Student Spotlight" if you follow a student of the week program or for students who have a birthday OR "Classroom Spotlight" share something unique about your classroom)
*Parent Information Letter explaining the student - written newsletter. You can choose between introducing a weekly newsletter or a biweekly newsletter
*3 pages of information regarding this product
*1 page of how to introduce and ready your students
*1 page on how to ready yourself
*Student checklist to track who has had a turn being a journalist
BONUS: Added a blank template for titles on the front side of both lined and lined/boxed newsletters for extra customization!
Categories in the Newsletters include:
*Spot for "Week of _______________"*
*Highlights of Our Learning* (2 writing areas)
*Student Spotlight* OR *Classroom Spotlight*
*Teacher Talk* (A small place for you to take care of any "admin" related info with parents--sometimes I also use this place to thank parents or share exciting class news)
Enjoy and happy STUDENT writing! (because you won't be doing it...)
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