Everyone wants to be on the teacher’s good side, and rather than an apple, a letter may be the way to do it. Teachers deal with all kinds of students from all walks of life. There are certain things that they need to know. For instance, if a child has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum, but is high functioning, this is something they need to know. It may help them to address the person’s needs and may just give some background information that is helpful.
This introduction letter doesn’t have to be formal. It can be nicely written with good grammar and spelling of course, but also just as a friendly note. Address the letter as, Dear Mr. or Mrs. And then their last name. Don’t call a teacher by their first name, even in a letter. The first paragraph should talk about the child or oneself and any interesting facts about them. Always keep the letter friendly and talk about how enthusiastic everyone is to start this school year. This can help begin a good relationship with the teacher and allow them to see the child/student differently than they might have if thy just met in class.
Teachers are always looking for new projects or to do things that are pleasing to the children. By including some of the child’s likes, this can be very helpful in planning. Teaching children of any age is not easy, by making sure to include things they like, it helps make the day go faster and easier. If little Johnny or Susie is a reader, be sure to include that. The teacher may call on them more often than someone who is not that comfortable with reading aloud. On the flip side, if it is a college student who is embarrassed to be called on in class, putting this information in a letter may be helpful in making sure the learning experience is pleasant.
The tone of the letter should be friendly and upbeat, encourage the teacher about this year. Close the letter by stating know how willing you are as a student to stay involved or how as a parent you want to stay active in the child’s education. State that the purpose of writing this letter is to increase the educational experience. Here is a sample introduction letter.
SampleIntroduction Letter to Teacher
July 9, 2016
89 Round Tree Lane
Columbus, Ohio 43207
Dear Mrs. Phipps,
I wanted to let you know how excited I am for the start of the 2015-2016 school year. My son, Oliver, is glad to be in your class, as you were the teacher he wanted. Oliver is an articulate child who loves to read and has always got really good grades. He is eager to help and is always on the ball with his school work.
While Oliver is an excellent student, he does have a few challenges that I felt you should know about. First, he was adopted back in 2014 by my husband and I. While this has helped him to learn and grow, it also has scared him. There is a slight cognitive delay that we have to deal with, and at times this delay can be difficult.
He will often drop to the floor in tears if the work is too challenging or if he feels frustration. It is not uncommon for him to be in the fetal position and rocking while throwing these temper tantrums. We manage Oliver’s behaviors with medication through his psychiatrist and medical doctor.
While I know this sounds bad, for the most part Oliver is simply delightful. His little mind just couldn’t handle the abuse he suffered and parts of it just shut down when faced with adversity.
If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. I want you to know that we will work with you and support you 100% in your classroom. It may be necessary to send home an assignment book every night so that we are both on the same page. Other teachers have done this, in the past, and it seems to work out great. I look forward to working with you and making this year the best school year ever!
By Andre Bradley