The following list contains ingredients you may want to include in your First Day Letter.
â€¢ Biographical information about yourself
â€¢ Your educational philosophy
â€¢ Your personal and class goals for the year
â€¢ Major curricular emphases
â€¢ Classroom management system
â€¢ Highlights of the year
â€¢ How you will communicate with parents and how they can reach you
â€¢ A blank page at the end of the letter for parents to use to inform you about any special concerns, abilities, or interests that either they or their children have.
Though I refer to it as the First Day Letter, itâ€™s a good idea to wait a few days before sending it home. On the first day of school, parents are so inundated with paperwork from the school office that a letter from you may get lost in the shuffle. I send a very brief note home the first day of school, maybe one paragraph long, introducing myself and alerting parents to watch out for a more detailed letter that I will be sending home in a few days.
I have uploaded The First Day Letter that I send home into the â€œClassroom Resourcesâ€ section of the website. I used the concept of â€œquality educationâ€ to structure my thoughts. By organizing the letter around this central theme, I was able to present my beliefs, ideas, and expectations in a coherent, integrated fashion. With quality education as my umbrella topic, I was able to connect essential ideas such as character, teamwork, and communication. Without a broad theme, First Day Letters can too easily become long laundry lists of topics, unconnected to one another or to any larger idea.
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